Basketball players were able to show what they could do on the court during a round robin tournament Friday and a single elimination tournament Saturday in the BYU-Idaho Center.
Teams had to compete on Friday to participate in Saturday’s games.
“It’s important to bring the students together and promote unity with one another, especially since we don’t have our own university sports team,” said Jacquelyn Temple, a senior studying communication and tournament organizer. “I think it is good to give students the chance to show their ability and their talent.”
There were separate tournaments for men and women. Red Rover was the winning team for the women, and DDC was the winning team for the men.
DDC consisted of players Darin Ellsworth, a sophomore studying health care administration; Dallin Blanchard, a senior studying accounting; and his brother Chris Blanchard, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering.
The name DDC came from the first initial of each player’s name.
One key factor to DDC’s victory in the tournament was their many years of playing basketball together.
“We play with each other a lot,” Chris said. “I know when [Darin] wants an alley-oop.”
DDC overcame the All Stars 15-10 in the final game. Each game lasted 15 minutes, or until a team reached 21 points.
“There will be no referees in 3-on-3 Basketball. Each court will have one score keeper and one staff member to settle any dispute,” according to the BYU-I tournament website.
There were not any evident problems with players calling their own fouls and penalties.
“I thought the sportsmanship was really good,” Dallin said. “It gets competitive. I think we understand that it’s BYU-Idaho and we’re all friends. There’s nothing to get really mad over.”
If BYU-I did have an official school basketball team that competed against other universities, the team members of DDC said that they would love to be a part of that.
“I think it would unite the school even more, because the whole school gets together and rallies around. It’d be really fun,” Ellsworth said.
Ellsworth also said he had planned to play basketball for Rick’s College his whole life but then the school changed and he was a little disappointed.
For more information about the 3-on-3 tournament or other sports available at BYU-I, visit beta.byui.edu/activities/sports.