The final South Island stop of the Quest 3X3 Tour took place in Christchurch over the weekend with a new team entering the mix for the final showdown at the Cloud in Auckland in March. Lincoln University, who last year took out the 3X3 Tertiary Champs, dominated the day’s play at Hagley Park and will go to Auckland full of confidence after putting on a 3X3 clinic throughout the day.
34 teams across four categories took part in Saturday’s action all vying to finish top of the heap and earn the bragging rights on offer. Hagley Park provided a fitting streetball feel for the day with play taking place on all eight courts during the day.
The open men’s grade was dominated by 2017 Tertiary Champs, Lincoln University who cruised through the day suffering just the one loss before going on to blitz the final 21 6 against Team I.T. Lead by Josiah Williams who controlled the tempo and created shots for his teammates, Lincoln never really looked threatened.
3X3 Quest Tour event team member, Mitchell Langton was impressed with the numbers Lincoln put up but more importantly, how they went about it.
“They were really impressive today, 3X3 is a natural style for them and you can see they’ve spent a bit of time playing together.”
“They seem to know their roles and often will play to their strengths with threats all over the court.”
Lincoln will add a bit of South Island flavour to the finals weekend at the Cloud in Auckland where they will expect to be challenged and pushed by some of New Zealand’s 3X3 elite.
David Huxford of Basketball New Zealand always enjoys coming to Christchurch and this year was no different.
“We get great support from the Association down here. It’s a great atmosphere to be a part of and always a highlight for us on the Tour.”
“There’s always a diverse mix of players across the grades and the game is always played in a competitive but fair spirit.”
This Saturday marks the final opportunity for teams to qualify for the finals weekend where the winners will go on to represent their region and their country at the World Tour Masters event in Japan.
There’s still space in the qualification event to be held at the Cloud on March 10th but teams will need to register for this Saturday’s Henderson event in order to be in with a chance. As the Tour approaches its final stages for 2018 and heads to Auckland for one last stop before the big dance, who will put their hand up to earn their place in the finals weekend and fight for a place on the world stage of 3X3 basketball?
The 3x3 Quest Tour is also open to all different ages, grades and genders. It is free to enter. Go HERE for more information.
Players must register on play.fiba3x3.com, where they can enter events, track their results and compare their ranking to their friend’s and other 3x3 players internationally. It’s essential that all players have an official play.fiba3x3.com profile when they play in the Tour. Creating a profile is easy and only takes about three minutes. Once you’ve created a play.fiba3x3.com account, respond to the confirmation email, register for an event, and you’re ready to play.
Final Results of the Christchurch leg of the 3x3 Quest Tour:
Open Men’s Grade – Winners: L.U
Senior Mixed – Winners: Filay
Solomona Faitaua – Nanai
U17 Male – Winners: Big Ballers
U15 Male – Winners: S.T.C
* 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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