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