For two days basketball was a big attraction in the middle of Madinat Zayed, the city from the Western Region being a good host for the second stage of Abu Dhabi 3×3 Basketball Tour.
Almost 30 teams took part in the competition, most of them in two categories, U13 boys and Open men. The best two teams from each category earned their tickets to the Tour Final, which will take place in Abu Dhabi on 7 and 8 of May.
Team The One made it to the final without any problems, in the Open Men category, but their matchup against Glenelg in the final act was a tough one. The One led by a comfortable 5 point margin, but Glenelg climbed back in the game. They missed a decisive free throw that could potentially send the game into overtime, with the score 18-17 for The One, who got the gold medals in the end.
The third place of the Open men category was earned by CSS 5, a team that repeated their performance from Stage 1.
The kids from Club Banyias dominated the U13 category one more time, as they had a massive presence of 16 teams. Banyias All Stars were the best this time, followed by VIP Banyias, while the winners of Stage 1, NBA Banyias came on third.
All the games from Stage 2 were played on Friday, while Thursday, the first day of the event was dedicated to basketball activities for the local kids. The initiative was a success as the youngsters were involved in contests, pick-up games and immediately fell in love with basketball.
Abu Dhabi 3×3 Basketball Tour will continue on 2-3 April, in Al Ain, then on 16-17 April will come back to Abu Dhabi, near the Nation Towers, while the Tour Final will take place also in Abu Dhabi, at Corniche East Plaza on 7-8 May.
The competition is dedicated to all age categories – Open (Over 18), Under 18, Under 15 and Under 13, for both men and women – and the top two teams from each age division will qualify to the Tour Final.
The 3×3 basketball develops step by step in Abu Dhabi region and it is already a big hit among the youngsters. The short games, the atmosphere, the music, all these ingredients create a great environment for practicing the sport in a joyful way.
Full details about the Abu Dhabi 3×3 Basketball Tour and how to register you can find on the official website, http://www.abudhabi3x3.com.