On Thursday 20th October, ANU Sport ran the inaugural 3-on-3 Basketball competition with over 100 participants and 24 teams taking part in the competition. Members of the newly-established ANU Basketball Club helped out with the running of the day it was well received by all those who participated in the event.
The day started at 10am with teams being broken up into 6 pools of four to determine their seeding’s going into the finals. There were teams of varying abilities competing in the competition and as such it was great to see that all teams were having fun and playing within the right spirit of the competition. With all teams playing 3 games in the morning everyone was ready for a bit of a break before the finals of the competition kicked off.
During the break in games a skills challenge and 3-point competition were run for competitors to put their skills to the test. With the skills challenge requiring participants to make a layup, hit a target with a pin point pass, dribble in between a set of poles and then hit a 3-point shot all while racing against the clock. The level of skills displayed during the challenge were very impressive and all those watching on the sidelines cheered on teammates and competitors in equal measures. The 3-point contest tested participant’s accuracy from long range as individuals were required to shoot 2 balls from 5 points around the 3-point line to try accumulate as many points as possible. The contest saw some deadeye shooting and plenty of flair as individuals took their chance to show off some personal style. Congratulations goes to Blake Richards who not only showed great speed and poise in the skills challenge but some great accuracy from deep in the 3-point contest to take out both the competitions.
After the break, teams were raring to get stuck into the business end of the competition. With teams broken up into a top 16 and a bottom 8 there was no margin for error from this point onwards if teams wanted to walk away as champions. There were plenty of tight affairs and upsets a plenty as teams who had strolled through the morning games now found themselves against quality opposition. The two teams that rose to the top at the end of the finals stage were Lefty Lay Ups and Old Spice, both of whom were undefeated going into the final. The last match of the day was hotly contested with both teams trading baskets in a back and forth affair. The difference in the match was Old Spice’s accuracy from deep as they were able to outshoot their opponents to take out the competition.
ANU Sport would like to thank everyone who participated throughout the day. The competition was a great success and that is in large part thanks to the competitors playing in the right spirit. A massive thankyou must go to all of the volunteers from the ANU Basketball Club, their efforts throughout the day ensured that the competition ran smoothly. It is fantastic to see so many people interested in Basketball at ANU and with the ANU Basketball Club back up running in 2017 this is an exciting time for Basketball at on campus.