THE inaugural British 3-on-3 basketball tournament has been won by the Cheshire Jets.
The Jets under 13s sent a squad of four players to the inaugural 3-on-3 National Championships, which took place outdoors on a temporary court in the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield.
Basketball’s world governing body FIBA is currently promoting 3-on-3 as an officially accredited offshoot of standard basketball and, as the name suggests, it pits teams of three against each other, with one point earned for each basket scored.
Multiple age group competitions took place and the U13s category was particularly competitive, with 26 teams entering.
Split into qualifying groups, the Jets made it to the knockout stages as unbeaten group winners, defeating Warrington Wizards 10-2 and 10-3 and Mansfield Magic 10-4 and 10-0.
They then negotiated the quarter-finals, beating Santos 10-3, before conquering North Carolina 10-4 in the semis.
That set up a meeting with Trinity Tornadoes in the final where the Jets’ fine form paid off as they saw off their Nottingham opponents 9-4 to get their hands on the title.
A David v Goliath encounter in the Wirral Summer League went in the giant’s favour in as fledgling Chester side Custom House Brewers fell 110-51 to the All Sorts, a team made up of Cheshire Jets players and coaches.
Despite working hard, the rookie Brewers were always up against it as Jets player Phil Brandreth netted a 42-point haul. Adam Lloyd (11) top scored for Brewers.