3x3 tournament Dunedin final goes down to the buzzer

The Fellas guard Mitchell Hughan drives to the hoop as he is defended by Falcons guard Hamish...
The Fellas guard Mitchell Hughan drives to the hoop as he is defended by Falcons guard Hamish Robertson during the 3x3 national tour in Octagon on Saturday. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
A buzzer beater by Mitchell Hughan made for a dramatic finish in the Octagon on Saturday.

The 20-year-old guard created a deflection, regathered the ball and hit a deep baseline jump shot.

It gave The Fellas, made up of Mid City Magic players, a 13-11 victory in open men’s final of the Dunedin leg of the national 3x3 basketball tour.

The win qualified them for the national finals tournament in Auckland.

The team — which also included Tai Porima-Flavell, Joe Ahie and Josh Reeves — entered the final unbeaten.

but was met by a tough challenge from Christchurch outfit Team Crossover.

That included new Otago Nugget Pafe Momoisea, as well as Ihaia Kendrew, Tyla Harrison-Hunt and Tia Hunt.

In the senior mixed grade, Dream Team, consisting of top school players Eric Peita, George Grant, Max O’Connor and Leyton Aluesi, claimed the title.

The top-placed women’s team — Brittney Young, Jenna Small, Millie Simpson and Petra Sparks — finished third in the mixed grade.

In the under-19 boys grade Bucket Kachomp — Joshua Dela Cruz, Joey Yassa, Kenny Babajide and Luigi Talili — won the final.

Jayden’s Bad won the junior mixed grade, the team made up of Mitchel Robinson, Crenshaw Conroy and Jayden Broome.

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