The City of Cuyahoga Falls and leaders of the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative wish to thank all the players and volunteers who helped make the 2017 Cuyahoga Falls 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament a success!

Thanks are also in order for the tournament spectators, sponsors, volunteers, and vendors! Six teams battled it out for the championship in the youth bracket, while the adult bracket had eight competitive teams.

Mayor Walters challenged a spectator to a fun game of C-F-O and onlookers had freebies tossed their way during game breaks. The weather was downright beautiful, and Lions Park was alive with the energy of competition and community.

Thanks one and all for making the event a success! We look forward to your participation next year!



Youth Bracket Competition Recap

In Round One, the Hoosiers triumphed over the Lions Kings, the Toon Squad knocked out the 4 Amigos (securing a spot in the Championship game for Toon Squad), and Team Fury fell to the Panthers. The Championship Qualifier took place between the Hoosiers and the Panthers, with the Panthers advancing to the Championship.

The Toon Squad came out on top, winning themselves three-month memberships to the Riverfront Family YMCA and one free pizza per month for a year from East of Chicago Pizza in Cuyahoga Falls, who were on hand selling slices to the crowd.

Adult Bracket Competition Recap

In Round One, The Quakers defeated the Jumpers, while Los Discípulos bested Falls Ballers. The Monstars won against Smells Like Team Spirit, and We Still Got It! took out Kent Ballers. In Round Two, Los Discípulos won over The Quakers, and We Still Got It! defeated the Monstars, sending Los Discípulos to the Championship game versus We Still Got It!

In what was certainly the nail-biter of the tournament, We Still Got It! managed to come away with the win, 11-9. We Still Got It! won themselves $50 gift cards to Dick's Sporting Goods for each team member, plus one free pizza per month for a year from East of Chicago Pizza in Cuyahoga Falls, while Los Discípulos took home a $25 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods for each of its team members.

Event Sponsors & vendors

Thank you for your support of the 2017 Cuyahoga Falls 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament!

Rules of the Game

  • Each team consists of three players and one substitute.

  • The game is played on a half-court, with one basket.
  • The basketball is unique to 3 x 3, and is used in all competitions, whether men's, women's, or mixed. Its circumference of 727–734 mm/28.5–29.0 in is that of the size 6 basketball used in the women's full-court game. However, its weight is that of the size 7 standard (circumference of 749–780 mm/29.5–30.7 in) used in the men's full-court game.
  • A shot clock will not be used.
  • A jump ball is not used to start the game. Instead, a coin toss is held immediately before the game. The winning team can choose to take possession of the ball at the start of the game, or take the first possession of a potential overtime period.
  • There are no jump balls at any time in the game; neither is there an alternating possession rule. In any held ball situation, the defensive team is granted possession.
  • Every successful shot inside the arc is awarded one point, while every successful shot behind the arc is awarded two points.
  • The game is a single period of 10 minutes with sudden death at 21 points. The winner is the first team to score 21 or the team with the highest score at the end of the 10 minutes. A tie in regulation leads to an un-timed overtime period, which is won by the first team to score two points in overtime. Note that if a game is tied at 20 at the end of regulation, reaching 21 does not end the game.
  • Game play starts with the defensive team exchanging the ball with the offensive team behind the arc. This exchange is also used to restart the game from any dead ball situation. If a foul is committed that results in the non-fouling team retaining possession — i.e., a technical or "unsportsmanlike" foul (the latter essentially the same as the "flagrant foul" of North American rule sets) — the non-fouling team will receive the exchange.
  • If the defense gains possession of the ball within the arc, by a steal, a block or a rebound, the team must move the ball behind the arc before being allowed to take a shot.
  • After a made goal or free throw (except for technical or unsportsmanlike fouls and team fouls 10 or more), play restarts with a player from the non-scoring team taking the ball directly under the basket and then dribbling or passing it to a point behind the arc. The defense is not allowed to play for the ball inside the block/charge semi-circle under the basket.
  • No dunking will be allowed.
  • The only common feature between the substitution procedure in full-court and 3x3 is that it can occur only in a dead ball situation. In 3x3, a substitute can only enter from behind the end line opposite the basket, and the substitution becomes official once the player leaving the game has made physical contact with the substitute. Unlike the full-court game, no action from referees or table officials is required.
  • Each team is allowed one timeout (The officials may still stop the game in case of player injury or other dangerous situations, as in the standard FIBA rules).
  • Individual personal foul counts are not kept. In other words, players cannot be disqualified on the basis of personal fouls; however, a player who commits two unsportsmanlike fouls is disqualified.
  • Fouls during the act of shooting inside the arc are awarded 1 free throw, whilst fouls during the act of shooting behind the arc are awarded 2 free throws. However, team fouls 7, 8, and 9 are awarded two free throws, whilst team fouls 10 or more are awarded two free throws and possession of the ball.
  • Technical fouls (including unsportsmanlike fouls) result in two free throws plus possession of the ball.

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