By Lindsay Starr Platt, The Belton Journal
On Saturday morning, three-player basketball teams got together and played will into the afternoon for a tournament that was great for community fellowship and for a chance to win a cash prize.
The Belton Parks and Recreation Department’s annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament hosted eight teams and 40 players this year. Registration to play was $30 per team. Proceeds of the registration went towards the $150 cash prize for the winner of the tournament.
The tournament was played Double Elimination style with random seeding. Teams played half court with three on three. All games were played to 15 points, and teams called their own fouls, with referees there to have the final say.
Chairs lined the outside of the basketball court as more than 50 spectators were there to cheer on the teams. Many of the players had their families there as well, cheering from the sidelines. Families made a day out of it; as they stayed and watched, they had cook-outs and picnics on the grounds of the park.
“We had a great time at our 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament this past Saturday,” said Matt Bates, BPRD Director of Recreation and Events. “The winning team was: ‘Last Year’s Winners.’ Team members were Jedidiah Butler, Daniel Mills and Dylan Smithson.”
This was third year for the tournament and it will go on next year as well on the first Saturday in May. The Belton Parks and Recreation Department hopes to see it grow into a bigger event.
“The basketball court at Yettie Polk is a beautiful setting for events like this, as it offers picturesque views of the creek and downtown Belton,” commented Bates. “Offering this tournament also helps us serve those individuals in the community who enjoy basketball, and a platform to play competitively.”
Upcoming events with the Belton Parks and Recreation will be:
Open Gym Basketball will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays until June 11 at South Belton Middle School’s gymnasium. Cost to participate will $2 per person to play.
“And on July 11, we have out ‘National Parks and Recreation Day’ where we will play softball, volleyball, basketball, soccer and washers at Chisholm Trail Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.” commented Bates. “We encourage participants young or old to come celebrate with us. All games will be free of charge.”