FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ONG Hoopla to Host Official USA Basketball 3x3
Qualifying Tournaments for
USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament
New Partnership with USA Basketball will send winners of Four New
ONG Hoopla Divisions to the 2016 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournaments
at United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado
SALEM, OR; JULY 9, 2015 – Oregon National Guard Hoopla has entered into a new partnership with USA Basketball that will result in ONG Hoopla XVII serving as an official USA Basketball 3x3 Qualifying Tournament in four new divisions at this years ONG Hoopla XVII. The divisions that will qualify to compete in the USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournaments will be the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s U18 and Women’s U18 divisions.
The winning team of each of these four qualifying divisions at ONG Hoopla XVII will earn the opportunity to represent ONG Hoopla at the 2016 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournaments held at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Each qualifying Hoopla team will have lodging, meals, and USA Basketball apparel provided at the national tournament, and airfare may be subsidized by Hoopla as well, depending on division turnout. Winners of the USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament become the USA Basketball 3x3 National Team that will represent the USA at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championships.
“This is a great step for ONG Hoopla,” said Tournament Director Jason Unruh. “To be partnering with what is arguably the world’s most important basketball organization in USA Basketball, and to give our participants this amazing opportunity is awesome. We are pumped. This is going to be a special addition to our event as people learn how incredible this opportunity is for them.”
The qualifying divisions at ONG Hoopla will be played under a different format than the rest of the tournament. The games will be played under FIBA 3x3 rules, with a 12-second shot clock, the entire 3-point arc as the take-back area, and some different checking-the-ball rules. “The net result of playing FIBA 3x3 rules is it is a little bit different game,” said Unruh. “Games are faster, shooting matters a bit more, and it is very exciting.”
ONG Hoopla and USA Basketball began the relationship a year ago, and in April Hoopla sent one team to the USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Tournament. That team was comprised of Hoopla participants Zach Reichle and Dylan Jordan of Wilsonville High School, Teagan Quitoriano of Sprague High School, and Nik Blake of Sherwood High School. Beyond having an incredible experience, the team represented Hoopla well by making it to the semi-finals before losing to the eventual national champions. “Without question, the success those guys had helped pave the way for our growing relationship with USA Basketball,” remarked Unruh.
“We are proud and excited to have four qualifying divisions at ONG Hoopla XVII,” said Travis Johnson, USA Basketball 3x3 Program Director. “Hoopla is a huge event and respected nationally, and we were very impressed by the team they sent to the 2015 USA Basketball 3x3 USA Basketball U18 National Tournament. We are looking forward to our partnership with Hoopla and seeing what the Pacific Northwest can send our way in 2016.”
The registration deadline for ONG Hoopla XVII, including the USA Basketball qualifying divisions, is July 16. Interested teams can register immediately at www.onghoopla.com/registration.
About Oregon National Guard Hoopla
The Oregon National Guard Hoopla is the grand-daddy, biggest and best of all 3-on-3 basketball events in Oregon, in addition to being one of the largest and fastest growing 3-on-3 events in the world. Entering its 17th year in 2015, ONG Hoopla will enjoy a projected total of more than 900 teams, 3,600 participants, and 45,000 spectators this upcoming August 8th & 9th. Staged around the beautiful Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem, ONG Hoopla is believed to be the 2nd largest event of its type in the world.