The rain did little to dampen the mood as the 3X3 Quest Tour made its fifth stop in Wellington over the weekend. The day’s play saw Team TOA emerge as a new contender for the finals weekend coming up in March at The Cloud in Auckland. TOA outlasted the tough competition on Saturday, eventually taking out the final in blowout fashion but were made to work hard throughout the day.
After forecast rain, the Tour moved from the Wellington waterfront to the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie. The arena played host to 22 teams across 3 categories, all of who were gunning for a place in the final. The open men’s grade provided some down to the wire finishes with teams chasing qualification into the Tour Finals.
Finalists, TOA and Rangi Money both earned their place in the final with contrasting semi-final victories. TOA coming away 21 12 victors against Fight Club while Rangi Money were made to work hard in their match up, sneaking through to the final 14 12.
TOA were led by Randall Bishop who also took out the shoot out competition earlier in the day. TOA’s youthful energy and hot shooting from beyond the arc proved too much in the final with Money Rangi worn down from a tough semi-final encounter.
Basketball New Zealand’s David Huxford said that it was a shame the event was moved indoors but overall was happy with how the day ran.
“The event ran smooth, we were supported by a great group of referees and event staff and the level of basketball was pleasing to see.”
“So far the Tour has been different each week with new teams and new players emerging at each location. The second half of the Tour should really heat up with only a handful of spots still available for the finals weekend.”
As the Tour heads to Invercargill this Saturday then Dunedin on Sunday for a 3X3 double header, teams will be eyeing up the remaining spots for the finals weekend. With the winner of the final event going on to compete in the FIBA World Tour Qualifier Finals, the incentive is huge and should make for exciting basketball.
This weekend’s two day special in Invercargill and Dunedin will hopefully see more new talent put their hands up for the FIBA World Tour Qualifier. In Dunedin, players will have a unique opportunity to play at one of the Tour's more iconic venues, The Octagon. So if you are in Dunedin this Sunday be sure to come down, register a team and experience some of New Zealand's best 3X3 basketball.
Exciting weekend ahead in the Mainland!
Final Results of the Wellington leg of the 3x3 Quest Tour:
Open Men’s Winners – TOA:
• Larry Parata
• Hyrum Hippolite
• Klein Salmon
• Randall Bishop
Junior Mixed Winners - Brownies:
• Sulu Fitzpatrick
• Aliyah Dunn
• Mila Reuelu Buchanan
U19 Male Winners – Brothers In Arms:
• Haven Dixon
• Emmerson Kavakura
• Finn McClure
• Tyler Auelua
3X3 Quest Tour Schedule:
Date | Region | Venue
• Sat 9 Dec 2017 | Tauranga | Mount Maunganui Netball centre
• Sat 16 Dec 2017 | Auckland - Takapuna | North Shore Events Centre
• Sat 20 Jan 2018 | Auckland - Mangere | Mangere Otahuhu Netball Centre
• Sun 28 Jan 2018 | Hamilton | Garden Place and Civic Square
• Sat 10 Feb 2018 | Wellington | Odlins Plaza
• Sat 17 Feb 2018 | Invercargill | Stadium Southland
• Sun 18 Feb 2018 | Dunedin | The Octagon
• Sat 24 Feb 2018 | Christchurch | Hagley Park Netball Courts
• Sat 3 Mar 2018 | Auckland - Henderson | Trusts Arena
• Sat 10 Mar 2018 | Auckland - CBD | The Cloud*
* This event will be both a normal 3x3 Quest Tour event, except for the Open Men's grade – only Open Men’s grade teams that have qualified through previous tour events can play in the World Tour Qualifier Final at The Cloud on 10 March.
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