Play Basketball, Save the Children!

On Sunday 6th March, RHUL Sikh Society and Basketball club organised a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money for Save the Children charity. The scene was all set, the referees were ready, the teams discussed their tactics (or so it seemed) and warmed up on the side-lines. Eleven teams were lined up to be placed into groups, all knowing that only 3 teams would be leaving with a prize.

There were two groups created, with 5 teams in one group and 6 teams in the other. The top 4 teams from each group would progress to the knockout stages. The rules were explained, prizes for winners revealed and then the games began. The group stages didn’t have many close games and favourites became clear after the first few games. Amongst them were Team Gangsta, Little Scrappies, MACS and Team Jordan. As most observers had predicted, these teams progressed easily to the quarter-final stages, along with four other teams. One team however (Nico Team), seemed to think they had been knocked out and were AWOL when they were called to play and so Kings of Punjab stepped up to take their place, after having being knocked out in the group stages.

At this point I feel it is important to point out that Kings of Punjab lost all of their matches, but were probably the most entertaining team as a result of celebrating any basket or successful steal as if they had won the tournament. Credit must also be given to their fans that came out to support, and also to their super-sub, Daniel Woodruff (who took some amazing photos!) who came in as a late surprise addition to the team.

As you have probably figured out, Kings of Punjab lost that match as well, and the winning teams progressed through the quarter and semi-finals to the final and 3rd place play off. The semi-final match between eventual runners-up and 3rd placed teams, MACS and Little Scrappies, was a very tense affair, with the latter leading for the majority of the game and MACS making an unbelievable comeback to secure their place in the final.

And so the final games took place, which were the most closely contested matches of the tournament, but as always, there could only be one winner. Team Jordan was made up of Kevin Muller, Nick Heff and Lovis von Andrian and were the eventual winners, winning free pizzas and SU vouchers. Second place went to MACS and third place to Little Scrappies, both winning SU vouchers.

We managed to raise £128.63! But I think another major factor that led to the success of the event was the number of groups that got involved. We had Sikh Soc, Basketball Club, RAG and Photography Soc all combining their efforts to produce an amazing tournament and all who came said they had an excellent time! Hopefully this will lead to bigger and better events in the future. Thanks to everyone who came, to Domino’s Pizza for supplying the prizes, to Save the Children charity for providing us with resources and also a special thanks to Levke Rickmers and Luisa Miranda, it wouldn’t have been possible without them!


Photo by Daniel Woodruff

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