BYU-Idaho hosted a three-on-three basketball tournament this past Saturday at the BYU-Idaho Center.

This tournament consisted of men’s and women’s teams as well as an option for coed teams, consisting of three to five students and, was a single-elimination game format, according to the BYU-I Activities Web page.

A variety of students have expressed their enjoyment of, and love for, the three-on-three basketball tournament.

“Three-on-three tournaments are a blast,” said Tanner Wright, a freshman studying business management. “Fast-paced, high scoring, half-court basketball.”

This type of tournament is a great way for students to show off their skills and competitive side, said Aubrey Huston, a junior studying exercise physiology.

“I love good competition,” Huston said. “Playing in a three-on-three tournament allows me to play competitively with other great players and have a chance to practice different skills. Also, with only two other teammates, you get an opportunity to show off a bit during each game.”

Austin Wilkes, a freshman studying business management said three-on-three tournament are fun because the court is more spread out, giving players more room to put on moves.

Justin Peterson, a freshman majoring in general studies, said he likes this type of tournament for a couple reasons, along with the competitive side.

“I like exercise in general,” Peterson said. “It’s fun competing with friends.”

Creating new friendships is something Levi Heward, a sophomore studying business management, said he enjoys.

“They’re also an exciting way to bring the basketball community together and build friendships,” Heward said.

For those who do not know the game of basketball very well, three-on-three tournaments can be a great way for people to learn the game, said Josh Ralphs, a freshman majoring in general studies.

“Three-on-three is the best way to learn how to play the game of basketball,” said Ralphs. “You have to learn how to properly cut, dish the ball and do a pick and roll. You learn how to move and the flow of the game.”

With so many talented students here at BYU-I, Wright said some things to help teams if they want to win.

“It takes smart, selfless basketball players to win tournaments,” Wright said.

He said talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins tournaments and championships.

“Competition is growth for the soul as you stretch, struggle together and conquer your own limits,” said Trenton McClure, a junior majoring in marriage and family studies. “Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of an environment like that?”

Trent Shippen, a former Ricks College athlete in the 80s, coach in the 90s and now the sports coordinator at BYU-I, said how important he thinks good   sportsmanship is here on campus. He said good sportsmanship is necessary here because BYU-I is different from other schools because we see each other as brothers and sisters.

“Good sportsmanship is the most important aspect of any game,” Huston said. “Good sportsmanship leads to clean, fun competition that will lead to an outcome of champions on and off the court.”

For upcoming basketball and other athletic events, visit the BYU-I Activities Web page for more information.