The Crafty Basketball 3x3 New England championships brought the top players from Crafty leagues across New England over the past year. The invite only event was expected to be highly competitive, and it did not disappoint, with both divisions uncertain until the last game was played.
The Crafty 3x3 Championship format randomly places players into teams to start the day, and rotates players after nearly each game. Players from winning teams are allowed to continue together for one additional game. Each time a player participates on a winning 3x3 team, each player on that team earns 3 points for the win. Players on losing teams receive 0 points, while players competing for a tie receive 1 point each. Each game is 6 minutes in duration and scored using the Crafty bonus point system, awarding 3 points for any basket scored on back-door cuts, curls off screens, slip screens, and back-screens. 2 points are awarded for any other assisted basket, and 1 point is awarded for baskets scored on a 1 on 1 move.
The boys 5th-6th division was a close battle all day with six players entering the final game in the hunt for the Champion trophy. Three players had a clear shot for the title as Bridgewater’s Ben Rumrill led the entire pack into the final game with 18 points on 6 wins, while Attleboro’s Hayden Crowley and Bridgewater’s Michael Rein had 15 points each on 5 wins and 1 loss. The other three finalists included Attleboro’s Ethan Viveiros, Mansfield’s Brandon Jackman and Sean Higgins. Crowley, Rein, and Higgins faced off against Rumrill, Viveiros, and Jackman as a result of the Crafty seeding system.
The game was hotly contested, but in the end, Crowley and Rein team came out victorious in a 9-5 victory, giving them 3 points each and placing all three in a tie with 18 points. The tie break using total team points in all games played by a player was used, with Crowley ahead of Rein and Rumrill 58-45 (each). Rumrill beat out Rein in the third tiebreak (point differential in all games played) 37-35. Crowley led all players with a point differential of 44 on the day. In an act of great sportsmanship, Crowley offered the Champion trophy to Rumrill as a co-champion, ending an exciting two hours of basketball.
In addition to the co-champions, first team all-stars include Viveiros, Rein, Jackman, Higgins, and Attleboro’s Dante Monestime. 2nd Team All Stars included Bridgewater’s Devlin Maloney, Mansfield’s Jake Maydak, Attleboro’s Jacob Bettencourt and Jake Logan.
Many of these players contributed their points towards the town title, which counts the top 5 point earners from each town for boys 5th-8th grade. The town earning the most points wins the title. Bridgewater squeaked out a close 79-76 victory over Attleboro at the end of both sessions, with Mansfield finishing a 3rd with 50 points in a field of 13 towns. Full results of all players and town results can be found at http://www.craftybasketball.com/nechampionships.