Georgia Soul, Crosstown Win Women's, Men's Elite Brackets At Inaugural 360 Hoops Invitational
Prince, Cave Lead Georgia; Blue, Fountain Pace Crosstown At DME Sports Academy In Daytona Beach; Elementary School Age To Elite Top Collegiate, Pros Compete In Unique Three-Basket, Circular Court Format; National Broadcast To Feature Event
By: 360 Hoops
In the women's final, Prince scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out six assists, and Cave pitched in 16 points and a game-best 10 boards as Georgia Soul defeated DMT, 54-25. The men's final featured a strong comeback by Crosstown, which topped Top Shottas, 15-12, behind five points (one point per basket) from Blue and Fountain. Liam Davis had 10 of the squad's 12 points and a game-high four rebounds in a losing effort for Top Shottas.
The fast-paced format meant non-stop action: the women's contest saw 51 possessions in two 10-minute halves, and the men's had 58 trips in 10:00.
The Women's and Men's Elite Bracket title games will be featured on a tape-delayed national TV broadcast with Emmy-Award winning producer Harry Cicma. Innovative camera angles and technology, including 360 VR, will be incorporated. Fans can view replays of games from the lower brackets at the 360 Hoops YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/
The format, in which three teams compete at a time on the 30-foot diameter circular court, featuring a single stanchion with three regulation baskets facing away in each direction and where players can score for their teams in any of the three baskets, produced some highlights not possible in standard basketball.
"We weren't sure what to expect in our first tournament, but it exceeded everything we could have hoped for," said Shane Brey, Co-Founder, 360 Hoops. "All of the elements of the game were on display, and we will look back at the tapes, learn which things worked well and which we can tweak to be even better."
• Elite Women's - Georgia Soul
• Elite Men's - Crosstown
• High School Girls - National Basketball Academy/DME
• High School Boys - Orlando Mets