Langley Events Centre played host to the 2021 Summer Slam 3x3 basketball tournament over the Labour Day weekend. (Gary Ahuja/Langley Events Centre)

Langley Events Centre played host to the 2021 Summer Slam 3x3 basketball tournament over the Labour Day weekend. (Gary Ahuja/Langley Events Centre)

80 teams and 9 divisions compete in Summer Slam three-on-three tournament at Langley Events Centre

‘Condensed’ version of basketball growing in popularity

Eighty teams in nine divisions battled on the hardwood over two days as Langley Events Centre played host to the 2021 Summer Slam three-on-three basketball tournament over the Labour Day weekend.

Held Sept. 4 and 5, the event was hosted and presented by Basketball B.C. and the Fraser Valley Bandits.

Each team was guaranteed five games and the first-place adult team won a $500 cash prize.

Eighty teams in nine divisions battled on the hardwood over two days as Langley Events Centre played host to the 2021 Summer Slam 3x3 basketball tournament. (Gary Ahuja/Langley Events Centre)

Eighty teams in nine divisions battled on the hardwood over two days as Langley Events Centre played host to the 2021 Summer Slam 3x3 basketball tournament. (Gary Ahuja/Langley Events Centre)

Connor Ranspot, the manager of youth programs and special events for Basketball B.C., said three-on-three has seen “immense growth in popularity.”

“Having the opportunity to celebrate the sport under one roof at LEC for two great days of basketball was very exciting for us. And it was great to welcome teams from various parts of the province,” Ransport remarked.

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Three-on-three is a hybrid of the traditional five-on-five game, a condensed and faster version of the sport, featuring three players per team, a shortened shot clock and game clock as well as using just half the court.

Nine divisions and 80 teams battled on the hardwood over two days as Langley Events Centre played host to the 2021 Summer Slam 3x3 basketball tournament. (Gary Ahuja/Langley Events Centre)

Nine divisions and 80 teams battled on the hardwood over two days as Langley Events Centre played host to the 2021 Summer Slam 3x3 basketball tournament. (Gary Ahuja/Langley Events Centre)

Fraser Valley Bandits vice president Dylan Kular said three-on-three is growing in British Columbia “and we are excited to work with Basketball B.C. in welcoming some of the province’s up-and-coming hoopers for an electric event. Three-on-three basketball has a well-established global reputation for bringing an activation-driven experience to the basketball court and it was exciting to give the participating teams a rewarding two days of fun and competition.”

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Three-on-three made its Olympic debut this summer in Tokyo. Gold went to the men’s team and the U.S.A. women’s team.

It will also be held at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

2021 Summer Slam Results:

U13 Girls: VQ defeated New Era 14-4

U13 Boys: Drive 1 defeated Scuba Squad 16-11

U15 Girls: Wolfpac defeated Comox Valley Lakers2 21-4

U15 Boys: Elevate defeated Ballerz 17-13

U6/17 Girls: BC Blazers defeated Synergy 21-17

U16/17 Boys: VSC Soldiers defeated Young Bloods 21-7

U18 Girls: Alley-Oops! Defeated Avengers 19-17

U18 Boys: Vicious and Delicious defeated Orcas 21-7

Adult Men: Clapcades defeated Streetball Beef 21-11


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