The Growth of 3×3 Basketball & U15 Tournament Results

Glow in the dark shoes, an abundance of afros and a rowdy, tattooed DJ – welcome to the lively world of 3×3 basketball.

Like the original format, 3×3 has experienced an explosion of growth in recent years and an illustration of this fact was on display at the Walter Nash Stadium today when 25 boys and girls teams competed in the CSW Under-15 championships.

Scotty Richardson is the community development officer for Capital Basketball and explains the appeal.

“It’s fun, lively and loud – capturing the spirit of the street where the game of basketball came from,” enthused the former Rongotai College sports coordinator.

Despite the presence of 125 players and nine mostly student officials, Richardson (chief organiser of the CSW tournament) emphasised one of the advantages of the game is the fact that students can run it themselves.

“When I was at Rongotai College I was in charge of 35 sports and had all the challenges each sport entailed. One of the great advantages of 3×3 basketball is it’s quick, inexpensive and simple. You can have hundreds of teams playing at any one time if space permits,” Richardson explained.

There are a few subtle differences between 3×3 basketball and the more familiar code. Each side is entitled to five players at a tournament with four players involved in a single game. Teams can make unlimited substitutes in a dead ball situation.

The game is played on a half court over 10 minutes with a 12 second shot clock. A basket is worth a point with shots from beyond the arc earing two points.

For the record Sacred Heart College won the girls event while Rongotai College (1) successfully defended their boys title.


Sacred Heart College Girls CSW U15 Results

Paraparaumu College, 18-5

Newlands College, 12-3

Mana College, 8-4

Wainuiomata High School, 10-3

Taita College, 9-4 (Final)


Rongotai College Boys  CSW U15 Results

Aotea 2, 18-10

St Bernard’s College, 14-8

Newlands College, 10-3

Onslow College, 13-10

Mana College 1, 12-6

Aotea College, 12-10 (Final)


Did You Know?

3×3 basketball is an Olympic sport set to debut in Tokyo in 2020. A world championship for both sexes is competed for annually at both U18 and open levels.

The current senior male world champions are Serbia who have won four times since the inception of the event in 2012. Italy won the female crown for the first time in the Philippines this year.

The National Secondary Schools championships are typically held in Tauranga during summer tournament week. Regional tournaments are held in Term 1 as well, but aren’t yet aligned with Nationals qualification.

At this year’s NZSS Nationals there were 105 teams from 47 schools, an increase from the 63 teams from 31 schools in 2017. The 2018 winners were: Rosmini College (Boys) and Westlake Girls’ High School.