SALEM (OR) - Saturday, 8/8/15 - Oregon National Guard Hoopla XVII, the Grand-Daddy of all Oregon 3x3 Basketball Events, is officially underway with Saturday pool play games today. With a record number of teams participating and nearly ideal weather, ONG Hoopla XVII looks to be one of the best ONG Hooplas to-date.
The event tipped off with the 2x2 Tip-Off Tourney at the Salem Convention Center on Wednesday. Thursday was the first-ever Hoopla Fitness Day, a day of free of charge offerings to the public: A Free Kids Clinic presented by Drs. Howerton, Hopkin & Kennedy; free fitness, dance and yoga classes throughout the day and the Capitol Toyota H-O-R-S-E tournament. The Kids Clinic had an all-time high number of 250 kids in attendance.
Yesterday the ramp-up continued, starting with the LCG Pence Construction Hoopla Hoop Camp which also set attendance records. That was run concurrently with the first-ever CT Studd 4x4 Tourney benefiting Young Life. In the evening both the Hoopla Fun Run presented by the Salem Kroc Center benefiting Liberty House and the Official Qualifying Tournaments for the USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournaments were held.
The USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament Qualifiers featured four new divisions at ONG Hoopla vying for the opportunity to compete at nationals held at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In the Men's Open division, NW Elite, winners of the Men's Open Division 1 at ONG Hoopla XVI, beat the upstart 30-Somethings, who went 0-3 in pool play before edging Dynasty 17-15. In the Women's Open, Portland Energy, winners of the Women's Open at ONG Hoopla last year, will face Sporty Spice, who narrowly defeated the Runner-Ups 7-6 in their semi-final conteest. In the Men's U18, top seed Team USA will square off against #3 seed Sherwood, who nipped Madskillz (Sprague) on a two-point shot, 21-19. And lastly, in the Women's USA, Salem's Winning Stars will square off against PDX Jr Energy.