Bas­ket­ballers learn from ex­pe­ri­ence

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

A Wakatipu men’s bas­ket­ball team are bet­ter for the ex­pe­ri­ence after play­ing in a na­tional 3-on-3 tour­na­ment.

The team of Chris­tian Al­ber­ton, Ash­ton McQueen, and Cal­lum and Laine O’Con­nell won an in­vite to the 12-team Burger King 3-on-3 Quest Tour at The Cloud in Auck­land re­cently after win­ning the South­land tour­na­ment and fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the Dunedin tour­na­ment last month.

‘‘It didn’t go well [but] the boys were stoked to be there and see the level [of bas­ket­ball] that’s go­ing on,’’ Al­ber­ton said.

The team didn’t win a game but they were up against play­ers who had ded­i­cated them­selves to 3-on-3 bas­ket­ball rather than the tra­di­tional five-man game, which was an even greater chal­lenge, Al­ber­ton said.

‘‘It’s very dif­fer­ent.’’

Asked if the team would give the FIBA en­dorsed tour­na­ment an­other shot next year, Al­ber­ton said ‘‘def­i­nitely’’.

‘‘We’re go­ing to catch up again and go through [what went wrong] to­gether.’’

The win­ning team, Ta­maki Cen­tral, will travel to Ja­pan to con­test the World Tour Masters in July.

MAR­JORIE COOK

Gold-medal win­ning Wanaka ju­nior yacht club mem­bers Laura Erich­sen, left, and Stel­lar Nepia.

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