One of the primary goals of the Tucson Buckets organization has been to build valuable relationships with local businesses. We believe we can open up collaborations with many local small businesses in the city who want to expand their reach and showcase their product to a diverse audience. We have recently made one local boutique an official retailer for our Tucson Buckets apparel. Dajes’ Clothing is a low key boutique with a selection that offers an alternative style for women than offered in other stores around the city. The owner Jeff Williams have been looking to expand their selection to men’s clothing in 2016 and we are glad to be able to assist him in that effort.
Williams has been in the city of Tucson for over 2 decades and he is owner of 2 local businesses. He has been at the helm of a day care center (Kidz R us) for the past 6 years and Dajes’ Clothing his latest venture is barely a year old. The women’s boutique is located on the Eastside of town and possess a stylish collection that some of my friends have become fans of over the past few months. I had an opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with a successful business mind to discuss the Tucson Buckets and how our collaboration could be the example for a growing network of small businesses.
Question 1: What do you believe professional sports can bring to the city of Tucson?
Jeff Williams: I believe having a strong professional sports organization can bring interest from high profile businesses and corporations. This is an opportunity for expanding every business that supports and sees the VALUE of the Tucson Buckets.
Question 2: How do you think our collaboration with your boutique can benefit your business?
The internal growth and the ability to merge our customer base. Everybody loves basketball and having tickets and exclusive apparel can help bring attention to the Buckets while we receive a platform to reach many more customers from all over Tucson.
Question 3: As someone who has attended our games, how did you like the experience?
I thought the game was pretty well-organized although the venue looked more like a training facility than game gym. Other than that I was able to recognize the potential that the team and organization had.
We will continue to build business connections throughout the city and look for ways to expand our mission. The Tucson Buckets organization will survive because of the support we get for our efforts in the community. There has been nothing more fun than supporting the community efforts that have gone on so far in our short existence. As we continue to build a strong reputation, the need for more partners becomes an important conversation. We want to highlight more businesses and bring a community of small and local business together to deliver an awesome product the city can be proud to represent. Dajes’ Clothing is located 7070 E Golf Links Rd in the shopping center next to Frys grocery store. You can receive 20% off for mentioning Tucson Buckets when you make your purchase. They have an online store as well.
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7070 E Golf Links Road Tucson, AZ
HOURS: 10 AM- 8 PM Monday-Saturday
The Tucson Basketball community is a large one. A city littered with basketball enthusiast and parents who played the sport at some point in their lives. Fast forward 15 years and they are now seeing an atmosphere where their children can thrive but exposure is limited. How do we change that? For most basketball has been an alternative to the negative things that our young boys and girls encounter daily. Growing up basketball kept me out of trouble and turned day to day successes into incentives that allowed me to continue to play the sport I loved. This week I have been able to see some of the Tucson basketball community live in action at the 1st Annual FAST MED Urgent Care Holiday Basketball Tournament that has been going on since Monday afternoon at Sabino High School. Sabino has a beautiful gym that has served as an amazing basketball atmosphere the past few days. The Tournament has five teams from the Phoenix area to go with seven teams from Tucson, from my perspective this has been a unique opportunity to showcase some of the talent that this city and state has to offer.
Over the past two days, I have been able to see where our organization can make a large impact in the city. The youth sports platforms that we are currently connected with pertain to our Junior Buckets program, as well as having several of our players and staff serving on coaching staffs for various high school and middle school programs we believe we can help in highlighting the cities talent. We want to focus on growing the basketball culture organically; through collaboration we can develop a platform that opens the doors for success on and off of the basketball court specifically tailored to players inside our city. I see a lot of talent but there is much development that needs to be made just the same. Tucson Buckets offers a dedication to elite basketball and as we work to display it on the court we will impact everything we encounter. Basketball is such a universal sport that the boundaries are endless with the right approach and attention to detail. Hopefully having a professional team offers a unique opportunity for our young ballers to see well played, competitive basketball on a regular basis. As we sharpen our swords in the professional ranks they will sharpen theirs in their respective leagues.
Supporting our youth programs is a vital part of maturing the basketball culture. Tucson Buckets wants to show our face at as many basketball events as we can. Share to our supporters the opportunity to attend those same events. Get in contact with us and we can figure out where our services will be useful.
Photos from Saturday 11/21 in Glendale Tucson Buckets at AZ Scorpions 107-85 Final Score AZ Scorpions
It was finally time to test the resolve of our newly assembled team. Adding players to our practice and reserve roster has helped us in growing the competitive edge we believe we need to thrive in the professional ranks. Our players and coaches have been hard at work after taking our first loss in franchise history. It has been two weeks since we last stepped on the court as a full roster. We debuted our new jerseys to the public this weekend. The new stylish team jerseys made for us that we hoped would help with the legitimacy are as an organization.
Our first road game is up against the Arizona Scorpions a 120 mile drive to the only other ABA franchise in the state of Arizona. We recently played them in an exhibition but this would be the first opportunity to showcase our full team on a road gym. These are the type of trips that build team chemistry. A weekend of basketball and an opportunity to establish a proactive rivalry between the two franchises.
The Arizona Scorpions came out in the first half and punched us in the face. The team looked sloppy at points and in some instances our nerves were showing. The beginning of the game started with turnovers and that seemed to be the theme of the entire game for the Tucson Buckets. The Scorpions played a good game offensively, dominating the backboards and holding our small line up to a poor shooting performance.
The 2nd half Tucson played much better and competed with much more confidence. Mark Simmons lead the way in that game with a tough 26 points in a road loss they will like to forget 107-85. This game opened the eyes of most of our players. The work has to be completed and translated onto the basketball court. A learning lesson that the team will definitely build on.
Showdown in Tucson
Sunday afternoon looked to be one for the ABA history books. A rematch from the night before on short rest since it was a 1 PM game tip-off. The players were ready to redeem themselves from a disappointing road trip. The Buckets started the game in control handling the same team that muscled them out of the paint the night before. A spark from sharpshooter #3 Doniell DP Perryman who knocked down three consecutive 3’s to put the Buckets in great position early in the 2nd quarter. #24 Donte Williams played well dropping in 15 points.
Mark Simmons played his best overall game and provided a needed spark throughout the game but especially in the 2nd half. He hit some big buckets to put the Buckets in position to win at the end. Tucson had a lead by 5 down the stretch but the team could not close the talented Scorpions out. It came down to the final shot. Arizona took the ball out with 4 seconds remaining which resulted in a deflected pass ultimately falling into the scorpions point guard hands allowing him to make a last second heave from half court banking it in to tie the game at 92-92, forcing overtime.
TheABA overtime rules are a bit unorthodox. The refs explained that all ineligible players were allowed back into the game and every player who had previous fouls during the game would go back to zero fouls to begin the overtime. From there each player would be limited to two fouls until disqualification. They put 3 minutes on the clock and on we went. The Scorpions started off strong getting to the line to take the quick lead, from there they were able to control the pace and limit the Buckets to only 5 points in extra time. The score ended 99-97 with the Tucson Buckets failing to knock down the final shot as the buzzer went off.
This weekend takes the Tucson Buckets to a slow 0-3 start but after the performance on Sunday the chemistry seems to be coming together. We were unfortunately starting a season with limited exhibition games or practice reps as a full unit and I think the early performances showed our lack of experience. The players are working hard to improve every day. Great weekend of basketball. What did you think about the game? Did you know about our live stream of our away game? Leave a comment and we can talk buckets.
Live Stream of November 21,2015 Game vs AZ Scorpions
Photos from 11/22 AZ Scorpions at Tucson Buckets Final Score 99-97 OT AZ Scorpions
High Flyer Club Cards
The growth of our organization starts with the communities support. We have been able to move pretty well so far with the help of some great people and we really do appreciate any and all support sent our way. We are closing in on our first ABA game this season on Saturday and we want to extend our welcome to those who want to make the season investment into our organization. We have a great offer for those who want to take advantage of our season tickets prices.
What is the High Flyer Club Card?
The High Flyer Cards are our way of rewarding people who invest in our season ticket packages. The package includes 15% off Tucson Buckets Merchandise, 5% percent off Concessions, A special appearance by a Tucson Buckets player at your social or community event, Invitation to closed practices and tryouts, Updates and invitations on ALL Tucson Buckets Events, Instantly quality for special drawings on our social and at our home games.
Each High Flyer Club Card Member will receive 2 game day tickets to ALL Home Games. This is $200 value that you can get for $70 right now. The price will go back to its original place next week so take advantage now. Join our High Flyer Club today and watch us as we build this franchise to the next level.
Interested in getting a High Flyer Card? Contact us today @ TucsonBucketsaba@gmail.com or text 520-314-1382 and we will get you all set up for a great season.
Buy Your Tickets NOW
We have been working tirelessly to bring a unique experience to the Tucson Basketball community. Basketball is a sport that garners much attention in this city and we feel we have the players and tools to create something that can last a very long time. We are dedicated to creating a family oriented entertainment experience that will engrave itself into the minds of a generation. We understand our biggest allies are the children and adolescence of this city who have never been able to interact one on one with professional athletes whenever they want. That was a goal of ours from the start. We wanted to embody a community oriented team that built its foundation on how we affect the people who support us.
Our online ticket sales offer a great opportunity for you and your family to purchase tickets in the comfort of your home. You will be able to plan a great evening together with our inexpensive game prices. Online tickets also provide opportunities for discounts and other specials that we provide on our website. Join our Buckets Connect and receive even more information on discounts and special coupons at our local sponsors.
Our first game will be held at Lead Athletics on November 7, 2015. The doors will open at 7:30 and Online Ticket Sales will be cut off as the doors open. Game will start promptly at 8 PM. You will be required to bring confirmation email or printed ticket to the entrance prior to event. If any inaccuracies are found you will not be allowed entrance to the game. If you have any problems with printing the ticket receipt please contact us via email at Tucsonbucketsaba@gmail.com. Ticket Prices are below..
$70 and includes 2 game day tickets for all of our Home games. This price subject to change November 6, 2015 8:00 PM.
10-20 people- $90-$190 (Depends on kids/adult ratio)
20-30 people- $200-275 (Depends on kids/adult ratio)
Game Day Ticket Prices
Kids under age 16- $5
Military/ College ID- $7