Today was a great day for basketball in the City of Houston. The Dew NBA 3X tournament sponsored by Mountain took place at the Revention Music Center in downtown. Registration was completely free and it was first come, first serve to the first 32 teams that did the online application.
Once inside the building and after registration I learned that parking was free in the valet section to all participants, I had already paid $10 in the parking garage next to location. The team name that I chose for my team was HSB Le’Equipe which stands for Houston Streetball and Le’Equipe meaning in French for “The Team”. After signing up we got some wrist bracelets to help the organizers easier to identify between players and spectators. Everyone who was participating in the tournament got a uniform (reversible jersey and shorts) with numbers on the back which we got to keep which was pretty cool and a nice snapback cap with the dewnba3x logo.
What was cool about the tournament, is that the organizers went all out making all the players feel at home. There was a lounge that only players were allowed exclusive access to which had very nice sofas, tables with fruit, and mountain dew energy drinks. There was also two big screens with linked PS4s for players to play 2 vs 2 NBA2K17. The most impressive thing about the lounge were the two treatment tables and two wonderful ladies that were there to get your muscles stretched and get you taped up for the games, I did take the offer on getting stretched and let the gal know if she had a tip jar but she said no and when I insisted on even $5 she still refused and didn’t let me tip her.
As previously mentioned, there was a total of 32 registered teams and they were setup in 8 groups of 4 teams each. Every team would play each team in the group once which would make a total of three games for everyone. The rules of the tournament were that of FIBA 3x rules which were simple to follow at first and somewhat strange afterwards (first time I played using this rules) The basic rules are 21 points to win (1s and 2s) or most points at 10 minutes, game is continuous after a point is scored meaning that when a point is scored, the opposing team picks up the ball immediately and has to take it out to the three point line and has a 12 second shot clock to score, with the short shot clock this made the games fast paced and very tiring. The one thing I had a tough time figuring out at the time were rules on how fouls were applied. After reading the rules online, it basically says that after 6 fouls a team is in the penalty, if a player is fouled while shooting then that player shoots 1 free throw unless they were shooting a 2 pointer then the player shoots two free throws. If a player is fouled and makes the bucket then it’s an and1 and shoots a free throw. At 7th, 8th, 9th fouls teams are further penalized by having the player who was fouled shoot two free throws and after the 10th foul teams are even further penalized by having the player shoot two free throws and that same team takes out, one game in particular that I spectated had committed 10 fouls so everytime they fouled afterwards the opposing team shot two free throws and they took out which was very difficult to have possession.
Gary Payton was in attendance as the official ambassador of the inaugural season of the DewNBA3x tournament. For some odd reason I thought he was a lot shorter in person (I’m 6’0″), but I took a picture with him and he was definitely taller than me, sometimes the NBA adds 1 or 2 inches to certain players but Gary Payton is a full 6’4″. He was very well spoken and asked how the tournament was going and everything, he didn’t trash talk at all as he was known as a player throughout his career.
My team did well today despite not advancing to tomorrow’s elimination rounds. We got off to a good start by winning the first game against a team called Roc La Familia but lost the second game to a team called BAMF. On that game against BAMF we had a lot of turn overs and most importantly played bad perimeter defense which allowed us to give up at least 14 points from the 2 point line, we managed to scramble a couple of points but couldn’t do anything significantly to catch up. On game point for BAMF while I was driving in, I lost the ball and one of the players for opposing team got it and lobbed it up for one of their guys to dunk the alley oop and seal the game. Our final and third game was against a team called KDC International. We knew our final game was going to be tough because I talked to the guys from BAMF who told us that KDC international gave them a good run for their money and the game finished 21 to 19 in favor of BAMF and this meant that the winner of our game against KDC would guarantee passage to the next round of games. We started off pretty good and traded buckets with KDC for the first couple of points but started to lose our pace. A couple of open two’s for KDC allowed them to get a small lead little by little. At the three minute mark I called time out and we were down by 7 points but we couldn’t take advantage of the small break and make a run for it and in the end time ran out and we ended up losing the game. With only one win, our time at the dewnba3x came to a close but we still left with our heads held up high, after all we didn’t practice prior at all together and it was just a team put together in the last minute. I definitely would like to take a couple of ideas from here and apply it to our next tournament for Houston Streetball which I’m currently planning for November. I’ll try to make it out tomorrow to find out the winner and see who will represent Houston in Los Angeles for the national champion, that winner in turn represent the USA in the Global FIBA 3×3 tournament held in Europe.
More pictures in the gallery below.