In conjunction with Panago and the Abbotsford Police City Basketball Tournament, the Cascades will be holding three-point shooting contests at halftime of their Canada West basketball home openers on Friday, Nov. 6 vs. the UBC Okanagan Heat.
The contest is open to male and female high school basketball players from Abbotsford, 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 from Cascades sponsors.
The event is free to enter, and athletes must pre-register by emailing UFV events coordinator Alicia Hurley (email@example.com) by 12 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.
The three-point shootout is part of Cascades Tip-off Weekend presented by Panago, featuring games against UBC Okanagan on Friday, Nov. 6 (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 7 (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.) at UFV’s Envision Athletic Centre.
High school, middle school and elementary basketball players wearing their team jerseys will receive free admission to both weekend games, and there will be a School Spirit Award up for grabs on Friday for the group that shows the most enthusiasm during the three-point shooting contests and Cascades games.
The three-point contest begins with a preliminary round at 4:30 p.m. in UFV’s Student Activity Centre North Gym. Athletes will have access to the gym at 4 p.m. to warm up, and spectators are welcome. Competitors are asked to be wearing their 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.
Pizza from title sponsor Panago will be provided to all contest competitors between the preliminary round and Cascades game time.
The Abbotsford Police City Basketball Tournament joins the Cascades and Panago as key supporters 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. 9-12, 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.ca.
The Cascades basketball programs have established themselves among the elite in Canada West. UFV men’s basketball, head coached by local product Adam Friesen, has qualified for four straight Canada West Final Fours and are coming off a conference bronze medal in 2014-15. UFV women’s basketball, helmed by Al Tuchscherer, made four consecutive Canada West Final Four appearances between 2011 and 2014, and won the CIS national bronze medal in 2014.