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9TH ANNUAL 3on3 HIGHLIGHTS
2002 - 8TH ANNUAL 3on3 HIGHLIGHTS
With picture perfect weather on Sunday, August 3rd, the 14th Annual 3on3 Basketball Championships finished up strong for 2008. Hopefully, after a few days rest I'll be able to give you a tournament recap. Really.
Saturday, July 26th
Now for the serious writeup. There's been upset winners in the past and with the talent level this high anything can happen. The Bearcats will be looking to strut their stuff and guard Can Zhu can take over a game at any moment. His style of play is made for the 3on3. Teammates Ricky Vien, who can hit the j, post up and play the D will definitely be bringing it. Big man Jay Yee, 6'2" plays like a quiet giant and Yuming Li will look for his on offense. Another team that may cause problems for other teams is B.A.R.F., cute name but they got game. These boy hood friends grew up together and have been participating in the 3on3 from the beginning. Addie Kong and Robert Lee will look to provide the leadership and offense to this team. The Asphalt Ninjas, led by USAB regulars, Nick "the quick" Mui, Albert Chung and Yiming Pun will definitely put the hurt on many teams. Nick is probably the top pg on the east coast hoop circuit. He takes his man to the hole at will, plays d and dishes off. There's no better. Big Al grabs the boards and does everything a team needs to win. Yiming's brother, Wai rounds out this talented squad. Wait, the other Asphalt Ninjas S team is pretty decent too. Wilson Lew, everybody knows Wilson, leads his team with his experience and court sense. George Chan, "not the Cruisers George" is back with Wilson and is sure to make his presence felt. Finally, the Chariots led by Howie "Big Daddy" Chu will look to not only use his size and strength against all comers but to show that he's got some game too. Guard Ian Yu will also showcase his skills, tenacity, and look to bring home the "CHIP".
I'm sure there's going to be others that will rock your boat in the "STREETBALL" division but these are the ones that have shown skills in the past. So for all of you that I didn't mention, "JUST BRING IT".
HOOSIER EAST - 24 teams - Just too many for me to preview but I'll mention a few. Returning to defend their 2007 title is "ANYTHING". They've got the guards in Kevin "Ekins" Chin and Peter "the Chinese Professor" Mei. Both are extremely good ballhandlers and can break you down off the dribble with ease. Down low, it's big George Tang, the human eraser. Literally, the guys averages 2-3 blocks per game. On offense, he can make the plays and drop some buckets. But really, don't know why they're playing in this division. Also returning with another name is Asphalt Ninjas, no not the one playing in the streetball division. This co-ed team was within a basket last year from winning the "CHIP". Jenny Chan and DJ Liu, will be raising their game to another level once again. The other contingent that should make a difference is Justin Kao, a smoothshooting 19 year old with game. He's been playing in this 3on3 since he was 13 and he's got the trophies to prove it. A darkhorse team that may surprise are the SKYHAWKS. This trio of 35+ year olds are reuniting to play in their first 3on3 tournament in many years. If they use their experience, size, and brains they could definitely go further than they expect.
Man, I'm tired. Hopefully, I can think of something to write about the other divisions.
8/5/06 - The 12th Annual Asian 3on3, held over two weekends/three days, showed once again, that it's the #1 summertime 3on3 hoops tournament in Chinatown. This year's event, fielded 205 teams from the east coast with ballers representing Toronto, Vermont, Boston, Virginia, Washington, Connecticut, Philly, New Jersey, and of course, NYC.
Blessed with an abundance of sunshine and heat (90+degrees),the first day of the 3on3, Saturday, July 29th, saw the NY Rockits claim championships in two divisions: University, Blacktop 1. In the highly acclaimed Streetball division, the newly formed NY Fury surprised the bball community by claiming the championship, squeaking by the Rockits M&M team. Last but not least, the Hoosier East division sawTNT aveng their 2005 loss by defeating Pnest for the title.
On Sunday, July 30th, it was another day of hot 90+ degree weather. But this didn't stop anyone from giving it their best shot. In the Masters division, last year's champions, the NY Fishmen, were narrowly defeated by the NY Mustangs and the trey by Bobby "smooth" Wong. From old to young, the Rising Star 17-under and Hoop Dream 15-under division championships were won by the USAB Warriors, proving once again, they are the team to beat in the at the high school and under level. In the Hoosier West division, it was a gathering of old friends as Jason Joa and his Bearcats defeated Second Floor for the Championship. Newly added to this year's 3on3, the 5'10 and under Elite division, saw ladies, Tiffany Lee and Aileen Tso, part of the Majic T team mix it up with the boys and come on winning a championship.
The final Saturday of the 3on3 has always been the showcase day for the top asian ballers. The All Star division is usually loaded with players with high school/college varsity experience. But let's not forget those playground legends who can play against anyone. Trying to accomplish a five-peat, the NY Cruisers fell to the surprising NY Rockits AIA in the championship game. The late addition of big man Kevin Low, complimented the guard play of Chris Chin, Ming Wang, and Jarvis Miu as they jumped out to an early lead utilizing their speed and ball handling skills. The Cager Gold division saw the Onion Loafs defeat 3-time defending champions, CP Villains in the semifinals before dispatching the Technicians in the championship. Let's not forget about the women, as the championship game was won by the NYC Sabres over the Toronto Dragons on a driving buzzer beater by Tiffany Lee.
Finally, with 12 editions of this highly anticipated event completed already, the excitement of 2007 is just right around the corner. See you next year.
NY ROCKITS AIA - 2006 ALL STAR CHAMPIONS
l to r (Ming Wang, Jarvis Miu, Kevin Low, Chris Chin)
Each year, the final game of the 3on3 is one of the most highly anticipated as the top Oriental players compete in the extremely popular All Star division. With the 4-time defending champions, New York Cruisers shooting for a fifth straight championship, the crowds were pumped. Tony Hu, George Chan, Chris Liu, and Warren Cheung, have dominated their opponents since 2002 and looked like a lock again this year to capture the CHIP. Challenges would come from the runners-up in 2004 and 2005, the trio of guards from the NY Rockits AIA, led by Chris Chin, Jarvis Miu, and Ming Wang. Other teams sure to make some noise include the Doggs, led by captain Quincy Tso, Eddie Wang, and Mike Kim. The Nevada Scorpions (aka Maximum Output) would follow the lead of Wilson Lew and Alex Stewart. Another team that could steal the show was the other Rockits team led by Kevin Chin, Kenny Yu, and Joe Liu. All in all, it was one of the most talented 3on3 fields, loaded with division winners from years past.
This year's All Star championship didn't disappoint as the NY Cruisers were matched up again with the guard trio of the NY Rockits AIA. Only difference was the addition of NACBA top 25 player - big man Kevin Low making a comeback of sorts. Kevin last played in the 3on3 in 1999 and was looking to skip this year's edition before changing his mind. Kevin's presence proved the difference as the Rockits defeated the 4-time champions, Cruisers, 31-23. Utilizing the high pick and roll to perfection, the Rockits capitalized on numerous drives to the basket and pull up jumpers by Chris Chin, Jarvis Miu and Ming Wang. When Tony and George came out to guard them, they just dropped it off to a cutting Kev Low who took it strong to the basket. The game started off with the Rockits taking a quick 12-3 lead only to have the Cruisers roar back behind the big play of Tony and George. With less than four minutes remaining, the Rockits held a 22-17 lead and decided to nurse the 30-second shot clock as much as they could before driving to the basket. With Ming Wang controlling the tempo and hitting some clutch free throws, the Rockits claimed the 2006 All Star Championship.
NY Rockits: Chris Chin, Kevin Low, Jarvis Miu, Ming Wang
ONION LOAF - 2006 CAGER CHAMPIONS
l to r (Tommy Mei, Robert Lee, Benjamin Yeung, Addie Kong)
The Cager division, rated in terms of competitiveness a close third behind the All Star and Streetball divisions, brings out those who are still fairly competitive when it comes to hoops. This year's Cager division champs, the team called Onion Loafs consisted of high school buddies who have been playing in this 3on3 since 1996. Each summer, Tommy, Robert, Addie and now Ben get together to play 3on3 hoops and to share some memories. Using their experience and cohesiveness, the Onion Loafs defeated one opponent after another before dethroning the three-time defending champions, C.P. Villains in the semifinals. In the championship game versus the Technicians, both teams struggled early but it was the Onion Loafs who took control midway and cruised to a 27-21 victory.
Onion Loafs: Robert Lee, Addie Kong, Tommy Mei, Benjamin Yeung
2006 WOMENS CHAMPIONS - NYC SABRES
l to r (Coach Wilson Lew, Tiffany Lee, Maise Wong, D.J. Liu)
Without a doubt, one of the most watched games was the championship game of the Women's Open which featured local favorites, the NYC Sabres and the Toronto Dragons. Both teams, 3on3 champions in the past, featured players who played at the varsity high school or college level. The Sabres team of D.J. Liu ( Baruch College), Maise Wong and Tiffany Lee were definitely the crowd favorites. While the Dragons featured local legend Angie Leung (St. John's U.), and Toronto stalwarts Danby Wong, LeAnne Chong, and Josephine Agudo.
Both teams came to play, but early on, the Dragons took a 7-0 lead as the Sabres misfired repeatedly. After a quick time out, the Sabres came out fired up and started to play stifling defense, which forced the Dragons into some tough shots. Along the way, the offense started to click for the Sabres, as Maise and Tiffany scored on drives to the basket. The momentum had definitely swung the Sabres way as they overcame the early deficit to take a 16-14 lead with only 2 minutes remaining. After a free throw by Maise, both teams exchanged misses and with less than 30 seconds left, the Dragons had control of the ball but were down three, 17-14. The Dragons misfired on a couple of treys, but were fortunate enough to corral the rebound. The ball swung to Leanne who calmly nailed a three-pointer to tie the game with 3 seconds remaining. The noise of the crowd was astounding, as both teams had played so hard and deserved to win. Another quick time out for the Sabres to set up the final shot. Who was going to take the last shot? Tiffany started on the left side and cut sharp inside the free throw line to the right side where she received the ball and drove hard to the basket. The ball kissed off the backboard and went through the goal at the buzzer and sent the players and crowd into a frenzy. After discussing it with the timekeeper and nearby referee, the basket was deemed successful and the NYC Sabres had captured the championship of the Womens Open.
NYC Sabres: Tiffany Lee, D.J. Liu, Maise Wong
2006 BLACKTOP 2 CHAMPIONS - NY FURY
The NY Fury, a newly formed Asian basketball organization captured their second championship at this year's 3on3. Rich Chang and Carson Yiu, two of the officers of the club led their team to an exciting championship victory over TNY, 30-29. Leading the game most of the way, the Fury held onto a 29-24 lead, before James Li connected on a jumper and a three pointer with only seconds remaining to tie the game. After a quick time out, the Fury set up a play in which Rich started high above the three point arc only to cut backdoor to the basket. The pass was delivered perfectly toward the basket, Rich stumbled as he caught the ball but still managed to lay it up before tumbling to the ground and watching the ball go through the hoop for another stunning game winner.
NY Fury: Rich Chang, Carson Yiu, Jason Chan, Dan
Even short people got a chance to hoop it up with the 5'10" and under FUN division. The team called LYSE SHOT stung their opponents, BOSS TWEED SALOON by a score of 20-16 in the championship. Scott Mui led the way with 10 pts.
Lyse Shot: Scott Mui, John Yoo, Kevin Hua, Tse Yang Lin
2006 RISING STAR CHAMPIONS - USAB WARRIORS
Back in the day, this division once fielded an amazing 48 teams. This year, only 10 teams competed with the USAB Warriors and the NY Rockits supplying half the teams. But it was the USAB Warriors who captured the championship by defeating the Philadelphia Suns, 25-12. With size, quickness, and loads of experience at the high school varsity level, the Warriors proved too much too handle.
USAB Warriors: Menley Khuu, Max Wong, Aaron Phan, Pat Lem
Hopefully, in 2007, this division will rise up once again with the addition of youth basketball organizations such as the I.S.S. Flightz and C.A.S.E. Cougars.
2006 HOOP DREAM 1ST & 2ND PLACE - USAB WARRIORS
Twelve teams signed up to play, but the two teams representing the USAB Warriors were head and shoulders above all the others and it showed in the finals as the USAB Gold team defeated the USAB Blue team 14-11.
USAB Warriors Gold: Jeff Chan, Kevin Chang, Andrew and Nick
2006 MASTERS CHAMPIONS - MUSTANGS
l to r in red (Clarence Lui, Godrey Wong, Lenny Dong, Bobby Wong)
Returning to defend their 2005 championship, the NY Fishmen were favored once again to repeat. This year's edition brought together eight teams of 40+ over players still loving to hoop it up. The Fishmen did return to the championship game, but they were upset by the Mustangs 23-21 on a long trey by Bobby "Smooth" Wong. The game was close throughout with both teams exchanging leads. Ramon Wong kept the Fishmen in it with a couple of treys and field goals. But it was Clarence Lui and Bobby Wong who kept the Fishmen at bay by scoring 10 and 7 pts, respectively. With less than 30 seconds remaining and trailing by 20-21, the Mustangs finally found Bobby Wong open deep on the left wing. Smooth let fly and hit a trey touching nothing but net and propelling his team to a thrilling two point victory.
Mustangs: Godfrey "Ching" Wong, Clarence Lui, Lenny Dong, Bobby "Smooth" Wong
2006 HOOSIER WEST CHAMPIONS - BEARCATS
It's about being part of the 3on3, and the Hoosier divisions let all those who like to hoop it up once in awhile compete against those with the same passion for the game. This year's Hoosier West champion was none other than the Bearcats. That name may sound familiar as this team of close childhood friends get together each summer to play some hoops in the 3on3 or in the friendship 5on5. Led by the inside scoring of Jason Joa, the Bearcats defeated the team called Second Floor 25-21. Second Floor trailed early on by were led by the play of Virg Borbo and Nelson Yu (both Rockits coaches) only to come up short in the championship game for the second year in a row.
Bearcats: Jason Joa, Dennis Chou, King Chong, Wei Zheng
2006 STREETBALL CHAMPIONS - NY FURY
Our second highest rated division didn't disappoint as games were hotly contested throughout the day. The 2004 & 2005 winner, Brooklyn Ballaz decided to play in the All Star division which left the door wide open for the "CHIP". The championship game produced two surprise combatants, the up and coming Rockits M&M and the newly formed NY Fury. The game was close throughout and .tied in regulation before the NY Fury ousted the Rockits M&M's, 30-26. For the NY Fury, it was redemption as nobody thought they could make it to the championship after forfeiting their first game due to players arriving late. Watch out everyone, cause here comes the NY Fury.
NY Fury: Harold DeLeon, Albert,
THREE'S A CHARM AS NY CRUISERS THREE-PEAT
Wow!!! Ten years have gone by so quickly as we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the annual 3on3 basketball championships. A host of new champions were crowned in the various divisions. Once again, the USAB Warriors organization, NY Cruisers, and the NY Villains were victorious in defending the championships in their respective divisions.
TO ALL THE WINNERS
(ALL STAR DIVISION)
(CAGER GOLD DIVISION)
(CAGER SILVER 30+ OVER)
(MEN'S MASTERS 40+ OVER)
(HOOSIER EAST DIVISION)
(HOOSIER WEST DIVISION)
(RISING STAR 17-UNDER)
(HOOP DREAM 15-UNDER)
NY CRUISERS REPEAT AS ALL-STAR CHAMPIONS
Saturday & Sunday
AUGUST 2-3, 2003
The 9th Annual Asian 3on3 Basketball Championships once again dominated the scene in Chinatown on the weekend of August 2 & 3 as ballers from as far away as Minnesota travelled to New York's Chinatown to compete in the premier Asian 3on3 Basketball Tournament in the United States.
TO ALL THE WINNERS
(ALL STAR DIVISION)
(CAGER GOLD DIVISION)
(CAGER SILVER 30+ OVER)
(HOOSIER EAST DIVISION)
(HOOSIER WEST DIVISION)
(RISING STAR 17-UNDER)
(HOOP DREAM 15-UNDER)
USAB REIGN ON SATURDAY
CRUISERS SUPER ON SUNDAY
Chinatown was definitely the place to be as the 8th Annual Asian 3on3 held on the weekend of August 3-4, 2002 saw the best of Asian basketball as over 190 teams competed for championships in thirteen divisions. From the diaper dandy division (10-11 yrs old) to the Mens Masters (40-over) and to the Womens Open, the 3on3 had a division for almost anyone interested in hooping it up.
With mother nature doing its part, the weekend weather for the 3on3 was hot, hot, and hot (over 90 degrees on both days). Saturday's 3on3 schedule saw the emergence of USAB (United States Asian Basketball) as an organization to be reckoned with in the world of Asian basketball as they claimed 4 championships (University 22-under, Rising Star 17-under, Hoop Dream 15-under and the Wanna Be Like Mike 13-under). It was a milestone worth remembering for president/founder of the USAB, Bill Chan. In its second year of existence, the USAB has managed to recruit some of the best Asian ballers for his organization. Many of which play for their respective high school varsity teams and have the potential to play at the college level. Since Asian ballers are usually overlooked by colleges, the goal of the USAB is to help these players get noticed by participating in AAU tournaments and leagues.
Sunday's schedule of hoops was just as exciting as the previous days events. The Women's division boasted its most competitive field in years. Last year's champions, the Lady Sabres returned to defend their title against teams from Toronto and Washington who made the journey to New York. In the end, it was Toronto narrowly defeating the Sabres 22-20. But the annual highlight of Sunday is the All Star division which showcases some of the best Asian ballers on the east coast. When it was all said and done, it was last year's runners-up, the New York Cruisers who captured the coveted championship by defeating a unheralded team called the Statesmen, led by two former Baruch College varsity players, Oliver Versoza and Kevin Chung.
With the eighth annual 3on3 behind us, I just hope that all the participants had a good time in the spirit of competition and sportsmanship.
Lastly, I would like to thank all the volunteers, friends and parents who helped us stage this amazing event.
USAB CAPTURES THIRD TITLE OF DAY
This 18 and under team captured the 22-under
USAB RISING STAR
USAB founder Bill Chan with his team
Saturday's finale produced yet another victory for the USAB Warriors as they defeated the YL Rockits 25-18 in yet another thrilling matchup of young rising stars. Due to the late start of the championship game (8:00pm), both teams struggled early to find the basket. With the outside game a non-factor, the Justin Chin of the Warriors and Jarvis Miu of the Rockits decided to put on their own dribbling clinic as they dazzled the crowds with their handle and drives to the basket. With only 2 minutes remaining, the Warriors held a narrow three point lead. This proved to be enough as they increased the lead to seven by nailing some clutch free throws in the final minute.
FAABL - SATURDAY'S BEST
Founder Ricardo (right) with his team
Saturday's Streetball Division, considered the second most competitive in the 3on3, produced first time winner FAABL. Led by the play of Robert Nguyen, Darrell Wonge and Jason Wu, this team had the inside and outside game clicking throughout the day. With the championship game versus the Asian Knights about to begin, a player eligibility situation was brought to the attention of the tournament coordinator. Within minutes, the Asian Knights were disqualified from the tournament and FAABL was awarded the Streetball Championship.
Bill Chan with his team
Columbus Park played host
to the Hoop Dream divison (14-15
yrs old) and the hoop
stars of tomorrow. Coming into the tournament, the USAB Warriors
were favored to take the title and they didn't disappoint. But
in the preliminary round they tasted defeat at the hands of the
I.S.S. Red team 20-14. But like a true warrior, the team bounced
back quickly and didn't lose another game. In the championship,
they defeated FAABL by a score of 24-21. The size (Harold DeLeon),
quickness (Justin Kao), and consistent play (David Chen and Felix
Ho) proved to much in the end.
(l to r): Jason, Randall, Daniel and David
Kids are not supposed to
be this good and this big so soon. But the 12-13 year old teams
representing the Asian Knights and the USAB Warriors sure showed
us. Both teams played extremely well throughout the tournament
with the Asian Knights doing one better as they defeated the
USAB Warriors in a preliminary game 20-18. There was no doubt
that both these teams would meet again in the championship. They
did, but this time around, the Warriors avenged their earlier
round defeat by the same identical score of 20-18 to capture
the Wanna Be Like Mike championship. Congratulations to the USAB
Warriors and the Asian Knights whose team had the only girl (Karla
Abello) playing in a boy's division.
Ballers from Brooklyn? That's right. Da Kidz showed everyone that Brooklyn's got some game as they captured the Diaper Dandy (10-11 yrs.old) championship with a victory of the New Jersey Rockits.
The Toronto Lady Dragons - 2002 Women's Champions
NG and DENNY
The field for this year's 3on3 Womens Open Division was impressive as nine teams were competing for the coveted championship. Two powerhouse teams making their return after missing last year's tournament were the: Washington CYC China Dolls and the Toronto Lady Dragons. The 5th PCT. - Lady Cruisers were represented by two talent laden teams. The Lady Cruisers 2 team was led by St. John's walk-on Angie Leung, high school standout Diane Wong and Amy. Leading the way for the Lady Cruisers 1 was Mindy. You could tell by the hunger in their eyes that the Lady Cruisers really wanted to capture the 2002 championship after falling short in 2001. Returning to defend the championship, the New York Sabres also fielded two solid teams: Sabre Hollas and Sabres Reality Is Here.
The Toronto squad was a combination of the present & the future. Guided by the veteran skills of Lee Anne and Danby, the creativity of the Christine Vuong and Kim Lee gave the team a uniform and balanced squad. For the day, Toronto had a strategy to advance to the finals: Win. Win. Win - seemed simple enough. After pool play, the squad finished first in their pool.
As the championship game
started, the sun was at its prime with its heat beating down
on all of the players. Heat and exhaustion became a factor in
the game. The Sabres gave Toronto a run for their money by keeping
the game close. Unfortunately, with Jenny Sky Fung
absent, the NY Sabres played with only three players this
definitely made a difference. The NY Sabres found themselves
in foul trouble late in the game and were forced to forfeit the
game after a second player fouled out leaving them with only
one eligible player. The Toronto Lady Dragons were crowned champions
ALL STAR DIVISION
(l to r): Warren, George, Tony, Chris and Carlos
With the final game of the day reserved for the All Star division championship, the 5th Precinct Cruisers didn't disappoint as they defeated the Statesmen by a score of 30-21. The game was one of the most hotly contested championships of the day as the smaller Statesmen hung tough early on (down 17-14) by displaying their tenacity and quickness on defense. The two Verzosa brothers, Oliver and John, seemed to covered their man and the 3on3 court with ease. In the end, the size of the Cruisers took over as Tony Hu and George Chan took over down in the low post and cruised to their first All Star Championship. Whoever said size doesn't matter.
IN CAGER DIVISION
(l to r): Kwok, Kenneth, Dave and Derrick
Since it's introduction in 2000, the Cager division plays host to some of the most exciting 3on3 games of the weekend. This year was no different as the Villains stormed to a 31-22 victory against 4Lips in championship game. Playing on what is considered his home court, Kwok Fung of the Villains put on a show that hoop aficionados are still buzzing about as he carried his team by scoring 22 of the 31 points. He was truly unstoppable and the capacity crowd showed their appreciation by cheering on its hometown boy.