The Quest Tour touched down in the South Island for the first time over the weekend for a two day 3X3 special. Invercargill hosted Saturday’s play before the Tour made the short trip north to Dunedin for Sunday’s action. In keeping with the Tour’s style, both events were unique and brought a new flavour to the Tour.
For the first time in the Quest Tour, the Invercargill open men’s grade was unable to run. As disappointing as that was, it paved the way for a strong junior competition which showcased some of the up and coming 3X3 talent in New Zealand. There were 17 teams competing in the junior grade with Team RM running out eventual winners, 13 8 in the final.
Team RM won all 6 of their games, averaging 14 points per game and defending at a high level throughout the day.
David Huxford of Basketball New Zealand was upbeat about the day in the Deep South.
“Although it was a shame about the open men’s, the competition became a festival of junior basketball and featured some of the New Zealand’s future talent.”
After wrapping up in Invercargill on Saturday, the Tour made the short three hour car ride north to Dunedin for one of the marquee stops of the Tour. The Octagon played host to the action on Sunday and was a memorable day for all involved.
With students returning to the city the week leading in, the event drew great numbers both on the court and in the stands. 34 teams participated and, in traditional fashion, the open men’s grade was hotly contested.
Team Squidies reached a milestone in Quest Tour basketball, taking out the event for the 4th consecutive year. They went through without a loss and progressed to the final which they went on to win comfortably, 15 6 against Team DP.
The skills challenge was action packed with the shoot out and dunk contest stacked with contenders. Three local basketball officials judged the dunk competition, the panel of three included Greg Brockbank, Jackie Kukutai and Stephen Gibson.
The finals event in Auckland is now shaping up to be real spectacle with teams from all round the country making their intentions known. Team Squidies will get another chance to show off their 3X3 game in early March at the Cloud, along with the winners of the previous events.
3X3 Quest Tour Events Team member, Mitchell Langton believes the finals in Auckland will be a sight for any basketball fan.
“Travelling around the country you see all these teams with different styles. The finals will be tough because everyone comes with their own brand of 3X3 and for most teams, it will be their first meeting.”
This weekend the Quest Tour will only gain more momentum as its heads to Christchurch, historically one of the biggest events of the circuit. After Christchurch, the Tour will head to Henderson in Auckland for one final stop before the World Tour Masters Qualification event at the Cloud.
So if you’re in Christchurch or around the region and are keen to test your 3X3 skills against some of the best, come down to Hagley Park Netball Courts this Saturday and state your claim!
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 Invercargill leg of the 3x3 Quest Tour:
Senior Mixed Winners – Wolf Pack :
• Mitchell Ottley
• Jayson Collett
• Keoni Arnesen
• Matai Hogg Kingi
Junior Mixed Winners – Rock Munchers:
• Will Stodart
• Jackson Bevin
• Miguel De Luna
U17 Mixed Winners – Wakatipu Black:
• Jake Finnigan
• Dominic Hamilton
• Guy Morganty
• Kendal Liscom
Final Results of the Dunedin leg of the 3x3 Quest Tour:
Open Men’s Winners – Squidies
• Benoit Hayman
• Darcy Knox
• Josh Aitcheson
• Matt Dukes
U17 Mixed Winners - Breathers
• Mitchell Hughan
• Cody Taylor
• Tyler Summers
• Xavier Herbert Jr
U15 Mixed Winners - Team BJ 2X
• J’dah Carlson
• Benji Freeman
• Braydon Ngatae
• Joshua Reeves
* 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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