Liberty hosts 3-on-3 basketball tourney
July 2, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
A week before what is described as the biggest 3-on-3 basketball competition on earth, Spokane Hoopfest, local teams had the chance for a tune-up with the inaugural Liberty High School tournament.
Liberty Select Basketball and the Liberty boys basketball team hosted more than 120 participants from across the state June 22. Boys and girls from grades three through nine competed.
Liberty boys basketball coach Omar Parker and his staff offered a one-hour clinic discussing 3-on-3 play and strategy prior to the games. The Liberty staff also worked to organize the brackets and supervise play.
“I feel the clinic and competition gave teams a big advantage as they headed east of the mountains for Hoopfest,” Parker said. “Next year, I imagine this event would perhaps double in the number of participants.”
The atmosphere was fun and competitive, Parker said. Music blared through the Liberty High School gym as multiple games took place.
Liberty basketball players volunteered as court monitors, while parents and Liberty Select committee members planned and organized the event.
“This event was tremendous all the way around,” Parker said. “It demonstrated where Liberty basketball has already come from and where it is headed. The support from our community and the surrounding area and feedback from parents and players was unbelievable.”
Parker is heading into his second year as the Patriots’ head coach. Looking ahead to next season, Liberty must replace the nine players lost to graduation, including all-league performers Tynan Gilmore and Matt Campbell.
The Liberty basketball program is getting ready for a busy July, hosting its annual youth basketball camps. Geared toward boys and girls in second through eighth grades, the camps, facilitated by Parker and the varsity basketball team, teach the sport’s fundamentals.
Learn more at www.libertyselectbasketball.com.