CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - The Cairns 3X3 Reconciliation Basketball Tournament lived up to the hype, with event organizers and players hoping the competition becomes a permanent fixture on the local basketball calendar.
Close to fifty of the region’s top players converged on the newly constructed Cairns Esplanade basketball court on Saturday, battling it out over four-hours under the Far North Queensland sun.
Following three preliminary rounds, the Delly Bills took out the under 18 boys title, defeating the Cairns Cooks 25-24 in a thrilling decider, while the Thieves were too good for Phoenix in the open men’s division, securing the championship 28-19, on the back of some hot long-range shooting from Mark Moesling and CJ Ahwang.
Tournament Director Joel Khalu said tournament exceeded all expectations.
“It was a great day. The games were dynamic, the players really enjoyed the different style of basketball competition and despite the heat, the crowd who came down to the Esplanade to witness the action walked away really happy,” Khalu said.
“There was lots of positive feedback from everybody involved about how the event needs to become more of a regular occurrence, especially with the outstanding Cairns Regional Council facility we have available down at the Esplanade.”
“That will now be the plan for Australian Indigenous Basketball moving forward. We’ll investigate funding avenues and identify partnerships with key stakeholders in FNQ to make sure the tournament continues.”