The 3rd Annual Nottingham Hoods/Wildcats FIBA3v3 Tournament was a roaring success with a record number of teams attending from all over the UK.
The event, once again held at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena, has gone from strength to strength in its short three year history, with an every increasing number of teams and categories each season. This year a total of 27 teams entered in 4 different categories, with a grand total of 72 games played.
It was a fun tournament and was played with a great spirit and atmosphere from all competitors in front of a large number of spectators.
The event itself was split into Elite Men (National League players only); Open Men, u18 Men and u15 Boys/Girls, with some teams entering mixed teams, which really assisted in making it a great tournament.
It was a reflection on the increasing popularity of the event that Basketball Wales utilised the tournament to select an under 18 team to play in an international tournament in Amsterdam, it was not surprising therefore that they came out as winners of their group.
For the first time in the tournament’s history, it was the home team, Team Champion, consisting of Hoods players Lucasz Siczek, Kieran Wright, Kirk Davis and Kallum Dunn.
The full list of winners is below and full results can be found by clicking here
Winners of the groups were:
Under 15’s: Cheshire Wire Green – Cheshire
Under 18’s: Cymraeg Magic – Wales
Open Men: Knights – Sheffield
Elite Men: Team Champion – Nottingham
The day was interrupted by a 3 point shooting competition won by Xi Chang from Nottingham, with over 40 ballers taking part.
Luke Finlay, from Leicestershire team, German Efficiency, had a great time at the event commenting, “I scrimmage with Hoods Captain Bruce Lauder and he was always telling me what a great atmosphere Nottingham creates with basketball. It was him that convinced me to enter a team in this season’s tournament and I had a great time, in front of a brilliant crowd. If one of my team mates knew how to read the score and realised we were 1-point down instead of 1-point up, we would have even made the play-offs! I for one can’t wait to come back again next year, only this time it will be me convincing Bruce to come and play with us!”
Next year’s tournament has already been booked for Saturday 25th June 2016 and we are looking forward to increasing the number of teams to make the 2016 the biggest and best yet.