It was a great day of 3×3 basketball at Oriam as sixty young players from across Scotland came together for the first national 3×3 tournament in Scotland.
The event was supported by GB Basketball as part of FIBA’s Youth Development Fund. The day was the first of three events to be held in the UK – with Wales and England set to hold similar events in the coming weeks. Each participant received a free t-shirt as part of the event.
The day was also sponsored by Sony Centre Falkirk, who supplied the trophies, medals and prizes for the participating youngsters.
Across the day there was four courts playing simultaneously for most of the day, with fifty five games taking place across the afternoon. After the group and placing stages, both the boys and girls competed in semi-finals and finals to determine the winners.
On top of the winning teams, prizes were given to the MVP and best teammate for both boys and girls. Ollie Archer and Sally Campbell were awarded MVP, whilst Rowan Brockie and Ben Adams were chosen as the best teammates.
Throughout the day the players were supported and guided by GB Olympian Kieron Achara, who was there on behalf of GB Basketball. Achara was delighted to take part and is already looking ahead to future events:
“It was great to be part of this event and i’m excited to be putting plans in place to make this bigger and better by working with our partners throughout the UK.”
Kieran Lynch, who organised the event with basketballscotland, felt the day was a huge success:
“The event was an amazing day that introduced a lot of players to competitive 3×3 basketball. With the backing of Sony Centre Falkirk and support of FIBA it was a huge success. With guidance all day from Kieron Achara and Glasgow Rocks legend, Sterling Davis, the players had an awesome experience on the day. I hope that everyone involved continues to learn the game through 3×3, which will help improve their skills on both ends of the floor.“
The game of 3×3 continues to grow in the UK, and will be the only form of basketball featured at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.