Last week eight young teams took to the courts in Ararat to compete for the the 3 On 3 Basketball Tournament title.
The tournament took place at the Ararat College outdoor courts. Three Over-15s teams competed on half of the court, and five Under 15s teams competed on the other. Arms were flying, athletes were making serious air, balls were bouncing and nets were swishing.
This event is part of National Youth Week, and was organised by Central Grampians LLEN’s Youth Project Officer Brendan.
International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
This was an official FIBA endorsed event which means teams and players are now on the international ranking system for 3 on 3 basketball tournaments.
All of the players that participated in this National Youth Week event are now internationally ranked amongst their peers! You can search or view any players international ranking on the 3 on 3 website: http://www.3x3planet.com/en/Players.
THE OVER 15s COMPETITION
The Over 15s Pool consisted of three teams: Why-Phy, Drummo Dragons, and Flint Tropics. Their sportsmanship was beaming on and off the courts, as friends and foes cheered on those taking the shots.
Drummo Dragons and Why-Phy took to the courts for the grand finale, and after a close game Drummo Dragons took the title over Why-Phy (18-14). Flint Tropics were second runner up for the Over 15s.
THE UNDER 15S COMPETITION
The pool for the Under 15s was made up of five teams: DUNX, Cavs, Quad Triple Doubles, Balling Brothers and Centrelink. After dribbling, shooting, scoring, and sweating, Centrelink, Cavs, Quad Triple Doubles, and Balling brothers progressed to the Semi Finals. Cavs took out the spot for second-runner up against the Quad Triple Doubles.
Centerlink and Balling Brothers went head to head for the title. In a tight game, Balling Brothers scored one extra point over Centerlink (12-11) and won themselves the title for the Under 15s.
Central Grampians LLEN would like to thank all the teams for participating in this National Youth Week event, and we would like to also congratulate the winners of the day.
A special thank you to Chloe, Darren, and Donna from Ararat Basketbal for their refereeing knowledge on the day.
This event is supported by Victorian and Commonwealth Governments.