The first South Island stop on the Rebel Sport 3X3 Quest Tour took place last weekend, where ‘Bridge’ walked away winners in the Open Men’s grade at the Christchurch stop.
The victors of the Tauranga leg of the Quesr Tour took down ‘Gimme 5’ 14-10 in the event’s last fixture after stringing together five-straight wins through pool play and qualifying finals.
Bridge spokesperson Karl Magon says his team were happy to keep their winning ways alive.
“Picking up the title was the icing on the cake after what was a great day. We played pretty well as a collective and Ben [Constable] was a tough stop.
Magon also mentioned the ease and turnaround of the three-a-side game made events like the Quest Tour an attractive competition for basketball enthusiasts.
“3X3 seems to be on the rise and it makes sense considering all that’s needed to put it together.
“Today’s event was a great opportunity to run around, get your basketball fix and play for something meaningful. It’s also a bonus that it’s free!
Bridge’s win earlier this year (Tauranga leg) means Gimme 5 has the opportunity to represent Christchurch in the Quest Tour’s Final.
Three other grades were organised to make up the fifth leg – the Youthtown Under 17 Boys and Senior and Junior Mixed.
‘Jake’s Mom’ finished atop the standings in the Senior competition with a narrow 16-15 triumph over ‘Hype’ in their final.
In the Junior grade, ‘Whaikaha’ outscored ‘Basket Hounds’ 12-10 to collect a winner’s medal, while ‘Harry Weston’ ended their day with nothing but wins in the Under 17 Boys.
As per usual, a series of challenges were run between games. Nic Book (Harry Weston) won the Slam Dunk contest, Ben Barnes (Hype) claimed the Shootout title and Kalib Clarkson (Basket Hounds) picked up the Knockout prize.
The venue for the Quest Tour Final has also been confirmed, pencilled in for Saturday 1 May at Eventfinda Stadium on Auckland’s North Shore.
The next stop is Dunedin, with the Octagon holding the sixth leg’s proceedings.. For those interested in entering a team, create a player profile, reply to the confirmation email and you’re then eligible to register a team.
Number of teams: 8 open men’s teams made up of those that qualify by winning their tour stop plus any second teams should an already qualified team win another tour stop.
Results of Christchurch leg of the Rebel Sport 3×3 Quest Tour (week five):
Open Men’s Winners – Bridge
- Ben Constable
- Benny Magon
- Karl Magon
- Rory Fannon
Open Men’s Runner-up – Gimme 5
- Corban Mason
- Jarred Burnett
- Simon Lafaele
Youthtown Senior Mixed – Jake’s Mom
- Jack Mitchell
- Jake Banks
- Kobe Northmore
- Seth Craig
Youthtown Under 17 Boys – Harry Weston
- Harry Weston
- Hugo Gonzalez
- Louie Gordon
- Nicholas Book
Youthtown Junior Mixed – Whaikaha
- Kobe Costley
- Mana Martin
- Nikou Fox
- Renata Mahuta
3X3 Quest Tour Schedule, 2021
- Dunedin, Octagon, Saturday 27th February
- Auckland South, MONC Netball courts, Saturday 6th March
- New Plymouth, Waiwhakaiho Netball Courts, Saturday 13th March
- Final (Auckland), Eventfinda Stadium, Saturday 1 May
* This final event is the World Tour Qualifier Final and is only open to the Open Men’s Grade teams that qualified at one of the above regional events. No other grades will play at this event.