KINGSTON — Another round of basketball bonanza at the annual Kingston Hip Hop Hoop Shoot has yielded the cream of the 3-on-3 crop.
Saturday, more than 50 youth teams from throughout the North End and beyond converged on Kingston Junior High School for a complete day’s worth of 3-on-3 hoops action. The meal of the day was provided by the Kingston Pizza Factory, while the demeanor of the Poulsbo Parks and Recreation’s 15th annual Hip Hop Hoop Shoot was a determined enthusiasm.
Despite the fact that team registration was down from years past, the event — which began 15 years ago on the hardtop at Mike Wallace Memorial Park — was still a success, said 2007 organizer Joe Schiel.
And in the end, one element of the tournament turned out to be the best yet, while the volunteer force which runs the event remained requisite.
“The champion tees and the event tees were probably the best looking shirts we’ve had in awhile,” Schiel said. “And we had many stalwart volunteers including Rick West, Gail and Mark Wicklein, Brian Griffin, Glen Godfrey,
Nikki Taplin, and a host of other people giving their all for the kids.”
The roundball-minded Kingston community once again came together to make it happen for its kids.
The day began with skills competitions that tested individual shooting precision.
Then with the stage set, the bevy of teams — each comprised of three to five players in grades 3-9 — battled for bragging rights in a double elimination tournament format.
“We had 51 teams this year, with much pizza, basketball and fun with all,” Schiel said.
The teams played throughout the day, beginning at 9 a.m. and wrapping up competition around 5 p.m. with the final championship being played out on the ?th grade court at 6 p.m.