2012Nov 6

SPAD’s Inaugural 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament a Huge Success

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By SPAD Blogger Brianne Pankoff

On Saturday November 3rd SPAD hosted its inaugural 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament presented by the SGA at the Ben Avery Gymnasium at Laurentian. The tournament consisted of a Men’s Competitive and a Co-ed Recreational Division with games beginning at 9:30am and continued until the champions were declared; all 20 teams guaranteed a minimum of 5 games and a free pizza lunch from Topper’s Pizza. The day also included a 3-point competition in front of 150 people. Tristan Ritchie won the competition and scooped up two lower bowl Toronto Raptors tickets. Other prizes were up for grabs from official tournament sponsors such as: Leisure Line, Ontario Basketball, Quizno’s, Eddie’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Wallaceburg Bookbinding, Northside Toyota and Mardalvi Intl.

The Men’s 3 on 3 Champs.

With all teams advancing to the playoffs, the intensity was turned up, as two 3rd year SPAD teams faced off in the Co-ed division quarterfinals, where number 3 seed “Yao Know What I Ming” upset number 2 seeded “Dwight People Can’t Jump” to advance. The semi-finals were the end of the road for SPAD teams in both the Co-ed and Competitive Divisions as 2nd year competitive team the “T-Birds” were also eliminated. The 1st place winners of the SPAD 3 on 3 Tournament presented by the SGA for the Men’s Division were the “Scalabrine Crew” (Tristan Ritchie, Eric Lavergne Giroux, Mark Filliter, Joe Camelettie), who defeated the “Buddha Heads” in the finals. First place in the Co-ed division was won by “Gangnam Style” (Chris Crowder, Clint Knott, Roxanne Landry, Melissa Lariviere), as the “Carlos Boozers” finished in second.

With many comments from participants about the positive atmosphere and success of the tournament, a big thank you goes out to tournament organizers Mark Wiersma, Josh Dreith, Kevin Launeville, Chen Guang Zhu, and Alonso Gutierrez for a smoothly run event and fun day. Additional thanks to all the players and spectators who came out, as well as to all sponsors for their contributions. SPAD looks forward to many more years of the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to come. Check out more basketball action through the SPAD YouTube Channel.

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