The Nike 3on3 Basketball Tournament attracted over 1,200 teams, with the best action happening on the Nike Center Court. Photo by Jason Lewis
There were a number of youth teams at the tournament. Here a young decides in mid air to by pass a tough lay up when he spotted an open teammate under the basket. Photo by Jason Lewis
There were over 60 courts set up at L.A. Live, but the prime spot to be at was Center Court. Photo by Jason Lewis
The third annual Nike 3on3 Basketball Tournament at L.A. LIVE wrapped up competition after completing more than 2,500 games, featuring 1,278 teams with over 4,500 players, drawing over 25,000 visitors over the three day event. Players and fans packed the streets lining L.A. LIVE, STAPLES Center, Chick Hearn Court and the parking lots along Figueroa Street with over 60 courts set up for competition and special exhibitions creating the largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament in California.
The entertainment packed weekend was highlighted by a Team Amp 1 exhibition game on the Nike Center Court. Team Amp 1 is the only amputee stand-up basketball team in the country, playing against able bodied players, the team is traveling the country in hopes of starting an amputee basketball league. On Saturday evening, ESPN’s SportsCenter featured Team Amp 1’s exhibition game at the Nike 3on3 Basketball Tournament as one of their “Top Plays of the Day”. Scott Odom, Team Amp 1 founder, led his team to a 3rd place finish in their Nike 3on3 bracket.
The highly popular Nike Slam Dunk Contest drew out the largest crowds of the day as 6’3” Kenny Dobbs won the contest with several impressive dunks that included dunking over three Laker Girls and over a POWERADE refreshment stand. Dobbs was awarded a perfect score from celebrity judges, Los Angeles Sparks Head Coach Joe Bryant, Run DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, former MLB player Kenny Lofton and world famous DJ Skee. Dobbs won $1,000 for being crowned the Nike Slam Dunk Contest Champion.
“The spirit and energy that the 3rd Annual Nike 3on3 Basketball Tournament created has made this year an overwhelming success and made for a great summer weekend outside with family and friends,” said Scott Hanley, Vice President, L.A. LIVE Events. “The incredible atmosphere, competition and participation of our staff, volunteers and sponsors made the event memorable for all who participated and attended.”
Sunday’s competition was highlighted by the Nike Elite Finals for the six-foot and under, open and women’s brackets. The women’s elite division was won by defending Nike 3on3 Champions, Team TBA, consisting of players Breanne Watson (Richmond, B.C. Canada), Lindsey Wilson (Seattle, WA), Amy Taylor (Seattle, WA), Casey Bunn (Beaverton, OR), beating out Team Avalon, Melissa Cole (Placentia, CA), Lacey Burns (Placentia, CA), Lindsey Rinke (Placentia, CA) and Jessica Richter (Naples, FL) by a score of 20-12.
The men’s six foot and under elite division was won by Walsh Out, Terry Walsh (Murrieta, CA), Drew Madrigal (Murrieta, CA), Adam Alfaro (Murrieta, CA) and Garrett Caldwell (Murrieta, CA) beating out Ballerz By Law’s Ryan Cleaves (Fresno, CA), Nick Denbeigh (Fresno, CA), Kevin Hurd (Fresno, CA) and Gentry Goode (Fresno, CA). Team Walsh Out won the nail biting battle, 20-19.
Closing out the 3rd Annual Nike 3on3 Basketball Tournament, the open elite division finals was won by team Mostly Retired, Boomer Roberts (Irvine, CA), Rocky Soliday (Reardan, WA), David Mehlhorn (Phoenix, AZ) and Travis Pinnick (Orange, CA), defeating IE Team Holla’s Bobby Burries (San Bernardino, CA), Paul Wright (San Bernardino, CA), Ernie Burries (San Bernardino, CA) and Larry “L” Dew (San Bernardino, CA). Mostly Retired won 20-18.
Each player from the winning teams in the elite divisions won $500 cash, $200 Nike Gift Cards and $50 ESPN Zone at L.A. LIVE Gift Cards & $50 ESPN Zone at L.A. LIVE Game Cards.
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the official charity of the Nike 3on3 Basketball Tournament will receive a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event.
The 2011 Nike 3on3 Basketball Tournament drew out the most teams in the event history, nearly tripling in size from the inaugural year and has become a Southern California tradition that now attracts the best teams from California and around the country.
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