Abbotsford – The University of the Fraser Valley athletic department is inviting high school basketball players to compete for the title of B.C.’s Best Three-Point Shooter.
The Cascades will be holding three-point shooting contests at halftime of their Canada West basketball games on Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. the UNBC Timberwolves.
The contest is open to male and female high school basketball players, and the format will be similar to the NBA three-point shootout, in which players have one minute to shoot a total of 25 basketballs from five spots around the arc. The male and female contest winners will receive a package of prizes featuring a game basketball from Skyline Athletics.
The event is free to enter, and athletes must pre-register by filling out an online form at ufvcascades.ca/3pt-contest by 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.
The three-point shootout is part of an exciting game day at UFV’s Envision Athletic Centre which sees the Cascades basketball teams take on UNBC (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.) and the Cascades volleyball teams face the College of the Rockies Avalanche (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.).
The three-point contest begins with a preliminary round at 1:30 p.m. at the Envision Athletic Centre. Athletes will have access to the gym at 1 p.m. to warm up, and spectators are welcome. Competitors are asked to wear their high school team jersey and shorts. The top three female finishers from the preliminaries will advance to the finals at halftime of that evening’s Cascades women’s game, and the top three male finishers will shoot at halftime of the men’s game.
High school, middle school, elementary and club basketball players wearing their team jerseys will receive free admission to the Cascades basketball games.
This is the Cascades’ second annual high school three-point contest. Last year’s event was only open to athletes from Abbotsford high schools, whereas this year’s event has no such location restrictions. Sapna Deo (Yale Lions) and Jass Singh (W.J. Mouat Hawks) were the 2015 champions.
The Abbotsford Police City Basketball Tournament is a key supporter of the three-point shootout. The APCBT is an annual city-wide hoops extravaganza operated in conjunction with the Abbotsford Police Department, involving every school team in Abbotsford from Grade 8 through Grade 12. This year’s tournament runs Dec. 7-10, and will feature more than 50 teams and 750 athletes. The senior boys and girls divisions will be held at UFV’s Envision Athletic Centre.
For more information on the Abbotsford Police City Basketball Tournament, visit abbypdbasketball.com.