The University of Canterbury’s ‘Maroon.EXE’ took home the 3×3 Quest Tour’s last qualification crown after beating ‘IOH.EXE’ on Saturday.
UC managed to ward off ‘IOH.EXE’ in the final, finishing the day a perfect nine from nine after winning that game 16-11.
UC Maroon.EXE Captain Brent Fisher says it was good to brush the cobwebs off and put together some solid performances.
“It was great to get back out there with the UC.EXE team that played in the South Island league of the [3×3.EXE] as well as in Tokyo [finals].
“We were a bit rusty at the start but came together well having also played lots of years in the Canterbury Basketball Premier competition together.
“The level of the competition was much greater than last year’s Quest Tour and it was great to go up against all of the 3×3.EXE teams and the NZ rep players as well.
“We are excited about the Quest Tour finals in three weeks. Getting a chance to play against the other top teams in New Zealand will be something we are really looking forward to preparing for.”
UC Maroon.EXE join the five other leg winners with entry to the Open Men’s finals in Christchurch in three weeks times. Three wildcard teams will also be invited to play for big prize.
A total of 35 teams played a part on the weekend, with 16 of those competing in the Open Men’s event.
On the female side, seven teams took part, with four competing in the open women’s section. Familiar faces abounded in these teams, with nine of the players named in the 2020 Alloyfold Canterbury Wildcats competing. In the end, it was team TASS (Tessa Morrison, Ash Strawbridge, Sophie Adams, Shea Crotty) that won a tightly fought final over Team Blue by two points (Hannah Mischewski, Ajiah Pepe, Emma Trolove, Sapphire Wairau). Team Blue had several attempts to tie the game in the final minute, but each one failed to hit.
It wasn’t all bad news for Mischewski however, as she beat all challengers to walk away with the prize for winning the a shooting competition earlier in the day.
Among the three other grades to make up the Christchurch stop was the Youthtown Senior Mixed, which was won by ‘Te Pa’ who snuck past ‘YTB’ 14-13 in their title bout.
The Youthtown Under 17 Mixed section was won by ‘Oh Hell’ and the Youthtown Junior Mixed was taken out by ‘Hugo’.
Results of Christchurch’s leg of 3×3 Quest Tour (week six):
Open Men’s Winners – UC Maroon.EXE
Open Men’s Runner-up – IOH.EXE
Open Women’s Winners – TASS
Open Women’s Runner-up – Team Blue
Youthtown Senior Mixed – Te Pa
Youthtown Under 17 Mixed – Oh Hell
Youthtown Junior Mixed – Hugo
3×3 Quest Tour Schedule, 2020:
* This final event is the World Tour Qualifier Final and is only open to the Open Men’s Grade teams that qualified at one of the above regional events. No other grades will play at this event.