With tournaments previously held in Perth and Sydney, the finals of the 2015 Red Bull Reign 3×3 competition was conducted in Melbourne over the weekend, with a mixture of the best up-and-coming basketballers combining with past legends of the game in a thrilling contest.
NBL legends Lanard Copleland and Darryl McDonald suited up while Corey ‘Homicide’ Williams was also in attendance but it was a team of four Melbourne University and Big V teammates in Nicholas Masunda, Stefan Pomasan, Smoke and Jack Railton-Woodcock, named the Wolves, that took out the $6000 first prize.
Following 13 heated games of basketball and a close final round against Perth champions, the Salads, the Wolves prevailed 14-9 and showcased an impressive combination of team work, endurance and ball-skills.
“It’s pretty unexpected, I didn’t think we were going to get up – there are lot of big names around here today – but we did it and I’m stoked,” said Railton-Woodcock.
Jack’s teammate Stefan Pomasan knew it was important to strategise their approach, given that the winning team would play a total of 13 rounds instead of four to five, which is typical of most 3-on-3 competitions.
“We really had to grind it out the whole day; it was a long day of basketball,” he said. “I think we’re all looking forward to a shower after an exhausting but great day at Red Bull Reign.”
Throughout its very first Australian competition, Red Bull Reign has uncovered some of the country’s best up-and-coming basketball talent, giving players a platform to showcase and enhance their skills.
Check out a highlights package of the tournament below, courtesy of ThePickandRoll.
For more information on Red Bull Reign, visit www.redbull.com.au/reign.