Friday , Dec , 10 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

And1 seduces Asia-Pacific

And1 decided to conclude its 2004 Mix Tape Tour in Asia-Pacific area. Here is a quick recap of the greatest moments of the 2004 And1 Mix Tape Tour visit to Asia Pacific.


November 4, 2004: Tokyo, Japan
November 7, 2004: Manila, Philippines
November 12, 2004: Sydney, Australia
November 17, 2004: Perth, Australia
November 23, 2004: Auckland, New Zealand


 



And1 seduces Asia-Pacific

November 4, 2004: Tokyo, Japan

Basketball will never be the same again in Japan. Basketball footwear and apparel company AND 1 amazed fans with the first-ever AND 1 Mix Tape® Tour game in the Far East as the AND 1 Mix Tape team defeated their Japanese streetball all-star opponents in stunning fashion, 79-66.
The worldwide playground basketball phenomenon debuted in front of more than 8000 fans as AND 1 invaded Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan. The day kicked off with a four-hour, outdoor exhibition of playground basketball showcasing the skills of local streetballers. From there the action moved inside the coliseum where fans eagerly awaited the entrance of the AND 1 Mix Tape players. After entertaining performances by local hip-hop artists Sphere of Influence and Boy-Ken, the crowd thundered in cheers for the AND 1 Mix Tape team, who did not disappoint.
AND 1 wasted no time getting their audience excited as the crowd favorite Aaron “AO” Owens dished pass after pass to complete shattering dunks by Helicopter, Go Get It and High Octane. The Japan all-star streetballers were hard-pressed to come up with moves that compared with their U.S. counterparts as AND 1 built a 42-34 lead at the half after nearly destroying the basketball net from all the crazy slams put down.
Local hip-hop icon Zeebra breathed life into Japan with his performance at halftime, but it wasn’t enough as AND 1 maintained their lead through the second half. The Professor, AO and Pharmacist all pulled out a few dribbling tricks on the Japan players who didn’t have time to blink before the ball was through the net again. AO ended the night with a game-high 11 assists and Go Get It had one of his best performances to date adding a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds. 
Tokyo’s game kicked-off the inaugural Asia-Pacific leg of the basketball footwear and apparel company’s popular tour featuring the world’s best street basketball players. The AND 1 Mix Tape Tour, the premiere playground basketball event, will be in six more international cities later this month in markets in the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.




November 7, 2004: Manila, Philippines

November 7, the basketball haven of Manila welcomed the most exciting hoops the Philippines has ever seen as the AND 1 Mix Tape® Tour came to the Araneta Coliseum to play the best of the local street basketball talent and defeated them, 84-63.
The Filipino basketball scene did not disappoint as fans and players turned up with resounding excitement for the event, with more than 6000 people at the game. The day began with tryouts by local balers outside the Coliseum for the Open Run, where three players were selected to join the game after great performances. One of the selected players was a local “Flip Ballaz” streetball player who had plenty of skills to show the AND 1 players. All of the tryouts were going on outside as inside the arena the local PBL league had their all-star games.
Once inside, the highly-anticipated AND 1 Mix Tape game began and was broadcast live on ABS-CBN television. AO and Helicopter both turned it on for the AND 1 ballers as each of them got the crowd involved early, with AO dishing eight assists and Helicopter throwing down six dunks, each in the first half. The AND 1 Mix Tape Team finished up the first half leading 48-24 and never looked back.
In the second half, the crowd still all on their feet in awe of the game, AO again helped out some great moves. He finished the game with 12 assists. In the span of one minute he dished to an Octane dunk, then blocked a shot at the other end of the court and set up Copter for a slam. Helicopter had 20 points on the night (high scorer), followed by Octane with 14 and then Go Get It and Spyda each contributing 12. The local Filipino team put forth a great effort, including one of their guys bouncing the ball off of Alimoe’s face for a move, but it was not enough as AND 1 prevailed.
Tonight’s game was game two of the inaugural Asia-Pacific leg of the basketball footwear and apparel company’s popular tour featuring the world’s best street basketball players. The AND 1 Mix Tape Tour, the premiere playground basketball event, will be in five more international cities later this month in markets in Australia and New Zealand.



November 12, 2004: Sydney, Australia

The AND 1 Mix Tape® team pulled off its closest victory of the 2004 Asia-Pacific Tour, defeating the Aussie Crusaders by only three points, 93-90. More than 6000 fans came out to the Sydney Entertainment Centre to witness basketball like Sydney has never seen before.
The game was intense from the start. Alimoe had a great game that started with a monster block early in the first half. He ended the game with a game-high 16 points and four rebounds. Main Event added a few strong buckets for 10 points overall, as well as Octane who contributed 12 points (8 of which were from slam dunks). AO came to play, posting 15 points, six assists and six rebounds on the night. The intensity of the first half was capitalized as AO ran the length of the court to block the final shot of the half in dramatic fashion, running off the court after he swatted the ball into the stands. The score was tied at half, 46 all.
After a halftime performance by Aussie hip-hop star J-Wess, the second half picked up right where the first left off. The Crusaders set up their own alley-oop dunk, only to be answered on the next play by Main Event dishing to Helicopter for a slam that brought the crowd to their feet. The AND 1 players stepped up the flashy moves for the fans and started to mount a significant lead. Aussie player E-Man put up back-to-back three pointers to bring the Crusaders back within one point with two minutes left in the game, but it didn’t prove to be enough as Main Event hit a final shot to secure the three point victory.
Sydney’s game was game four of the inaugural Asia-Pacific leg of the basketball footwear and apparel company’s popular tour featuring the world’s best street basketball players. The AND 1 Mix Tape Tour, the premiere playground basketball event, will be in three more international cities later this month in markets in Australia and New Zealand.



November 17, 2004: Perth, Australia


Perth was no match for the AND 1 Mix Tape® Tour ballers as AND 1 defeated the Aussie Crusaders by a score of 105-78.
The crowd of about 2000 saw some great moves by the legendary AND 1 streetballers at Challenge Stadium. In the first half, Main Event seemed to come out of nowhere for a put back dunk that was one of the best slams seen on the Asia-Pacific tour. Helicopter was on fire all night, hitting long-range jumpers as well as his usual highlight reel of dunks, including a 360-degree jam. He finished with a game-high 26 points and seven boards. AND 1 went into halftime with a four-point lead, up 44-40.
The second half proved to seal the victory for AND 1. AO was dishing to nearly everyone on the team- Helicopter, Go Get It, Octane, Main- with a stunning 20 assists on the night. His best move of the night was a backwards bounce pass through his legs that was to be another assist, but the ball ended up through the net, for two of his four points of the night. Other AND 1 ballers putting up numbers to help post the win were High Octane with 14 points, Go Get It with 13 points, 9 rebounds and Prime Objective with 11 points and 5 boards.
Although their team came up short, the three local ballers picked up from the Open Run tryout before the game all showed their stuff on the court to represent for the local streetball scene. Emanuel, Chris and “little Steven” all contributed for the Aussie Crusaders with Emanuel putting down some good dunks and little Steven showing his dribbling skills against Professor and AO.
Perth’s game was game five of the inaugural Asia-Pacific leg of the basketball footwear and apparel company’s popular tour featuring the world’s best street basketball players. The AND 1 Mix Tape Tour, the premiere playground basketball event, will be in two more international cities later this month in markets in Australia and New Zealand.



November 23, 2004: Auckland, New Zealand


The Kiwis had never seen anything quite like the style of basketball that the AND 1 Mix Tape® Tour brought to Trusts Stadium with a huge win in their final Asia-Pacific game, 101-82, in front of a sold out crowd of more than 4000 fans.
After a huge Open Run, the game began with a local ceremony from the Mowry people to welcome the AND 1 players. The team did not disappoint as they poured on the highlights all night. High Octane, Spyda, Go Get It and Helicopter threw down some serious dunks throughout the game. Copter ended with 11 dunks on a game-high 24 total points and 9 rebounds. The crowd cheered in applause for Spyda’s signature dunk and the alley-oops that the Pharmacist threw to Copter and Octane. Pharm had some jaw-dropping moves on the local New Zealand squad. In the second half he pulled the shirt off one of the players guarding him and then dished to Helicopter, followed on the next play by throwing a pass off the backboard to Octane for another dunk. He had to compete with the dribbling skills of one of the Open Run featured players Duke nicknamed “Shorty” who couldn’t have been more than 10 years old but had some serious handle.
The packed house of fans was intense. They loved every second of the game and followed out to the concourse following the game for a swarmed autograph session with their favorite AND 1 Mix Tape players.
Oakland’s game was the finale of the inaugural Asia-Pacific leg of the basketball footwear and apparel company’s popular tour featuring the world’s best street basketball players. The AND 1 Mix Tape Tour, the premiere playground basketball event, traveled to seven Asia-Pacific markets this November.