Monday, July 19, 2010

Berkeley Unicycle Basketball Team Wins North American Championship

By Nate Seltenrich
Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 8:30 AM

The results are in: The Berkeley Revolution are the best unicycle basketball team in North America. As we reported last Friday, the team was set to square off against the perennial champions from Puerto Rico, who sent two teams all the way to Berkeley to compete in the tournament. In the Revolution's first game at Berkeley High on Friday evening, they played Puerto Rico's B Team and won. Puerto Rico's A Team, meanwhile, beat the team from Minnesota ("Level 49," another consistently strong squad that fared well at last year's North American Championships) in their semifinal. The stage was set for a long-anticipated final between the Revolution and the Puerto Rico Allstars, and Berkeley came out on top by a score of 47-30. "It was a great, exciting game, and the gym was packed," said Revolution team member Adam Politzer. "Now that we're North American Champions, my next goal is to recruit more new players." Last December, the team placed second at the World Championships in New Zealand.

For more information on the Berkeley and Puerto Rico teams, read our cover story "Fast Break," from last fall — or check out this clip of the Revolution practicing at Berkeley's Strawberry Creek Park. If you'd like to watch them in person, they play at the park every Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.

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