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Asphalt Assassins and Sharks were crowned UK champions in the men’s and women’s categories respectively at Red Bull’s 3×3 tournament, Red Bull Reign, on Sunday at Clapham Common.
Asphalt Assassins, based in London, started the day slowly with a loss in their first group game but went on to dominate proceedings, cruising to victory in the final. Meanwhile Sharks – also from London – grew stronger throughout the women’s tournament finally clinching victory by a single point in a dramatic final.
Each side will now head to the global final in Toronto, Canada.
Red Bull Reign made its debut with three qualifiers in London where teams fought to earn a spot in the national final which took place on Clapham Common. Across the world, hundreds of teams across 16 countries put their skills to the test in the one of a kind tournament.
Milly Watkins, who captained Sharks, was in disbelief: “I can’t really believe it. We were just trying to play each game as it came – it was such a close finish with the free-throw to tie the game. We’re all so excited to be heading to Toronto!”
Justin Hitchman from Asphalt Assassins added: “We’re ecstatic. We worked hard to get here and get the win so I’m really happy to be here with my teammates. We started really sloppy, we lost a couple of games but we picked it up – we started figuring out our strengths and that’s what we executed.”
Last year’s competition saw almost 8,000 participants take part from 16 different countries and five continents.
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