Mumbai, 30th May 2019: For the first time ever in its history, Red Bull Reign-a unique global 3 on 3 basketball tournament came to India. The City qualifiers took place across 12 cities including Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Goa, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Aizawl, Guwahati, Delhi, Ludhiana and Jaipur.
16 teams (the winners of the respective city qualifiers from 12 teams and 4 wildcard teams) - Team Phoenix from Chennai, Team Clutch from Bangalore, Team Income Tax from Ahmedabad, Team Dropstep from Goa, Team Loyala from Hyderabad, Team Customs from Pune, NFR A from Guwahati, Team Income Tax A from Delhi, Team Singh from Mumbai, Team BBQ Chicken Wings from Aizawl, Punjab Warriors from Ludhiana and Eklaavya Society from Jaipur battling it out at the National Finals of Red Bull Reign on 8th June 2019 in Mumbai at Indian Gymkhana, Matunga.
The winners of the National Finals also get the glorious opportunity of travelling to Toronto, Canada and representing the nation at the World Finals later this year.
The National Finals of Red Bull Reign will also witness players that have represented the country at various levels. Players like Amritpal Singh (former India senior team's captain and a regular member of the Indian basketball team), Arshpreet Singh (Current member of India's 3x3 basketball team), Yadwinder Singh (captain of the team that led India in the Commonwealth Games in 2018), Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Current Indian men's 3x3 team captain), Lalrina Renthelei (Captain of the Bangalore 3BL team representing India at the FIBA 3x3 Hyderabad Masters 2018), Arvind Krishna (played an integral part of the Hyderabad Ballers team which finished third in the standings), Sowkin Shetty(Part of the Bangalore 3BL team representing India at the FIBA 3x3 Hyderabad Masters 2018), Pratyanshu Tomar (One of the Top performers for India at the FIBA U-18 Asian Championship in Thailand and part of the Indian Senior national team at the age of 18) and Vinay Kaushik (Part of the Indian team that beat China in 2014 and 2016) will be participating in the National Finals.
With a unique format lending itself to no downtime after made baskets to take a breather or get set on defense - plus no time to celebrate - Red Bull Reign is a test of stamina, endurance while trying to accumulate the most points possible to outlast the opponents within the given time (10mins).
Open for men who are 16+ years, Red Bull Reign uses a unique set of rules based on the gameplay of the FIBA rules. The FIBA 3 on 3 rules are:
- Half-court game
- Each team shall consist of 4 players (3 players on the court and 1 substitution)
- The first team which scores 21 points or more wins the game if it happens before the end of regular playing time
National Finals Tournament Format:
- Round-robin matches. With 16 teams
- Top (2) teams from each pool, based on the highest Reign Scores, advance to the next round.
16 teams (Round of 16). A total of 39 matches.
- 4 pools with 4 teams in each pool.
- Top 2 teams from each pool qualify for Round 2
- Total of 24 matches in round 1
- 2 pools with 4 teams in each pool that have qualified from round 1
- Top 2 teams from each pool qualify for semi's
- Total of 12 matches in round 2
Semi Finals - Top 2 teams of each pool from round 2
Finals - Winning teams of both semi-finals.
Red Bull has brought on-board Pursuit India as a partner to manage tournament operations across the country. Pursuit India is a leading sports management company in the sport of Basketball in India
Vishnu Ravi Shankar, CEO - Pursuit India, said "We are excited to partner with Red Bull as they bring Red Bull Reign, their flagship 3x3 tournament to India. We feel that Red Bull Reign will promote basketball in India on multiple levels, as the format enables amateurs to compete on a national platform and the high-octane pace of the game will exhilarate spectators."
Rakesh Singh of Team Singh, Mumbai city champions of Red Bull Reign said "We are elated to be the Mumbai Champions of this fast paced 3v3 basketball tournament organized by energy drink giant Red Bull and we are training hard to compete against top teams across the country to become the national champions. Street Ball if life"
Red Bull Reign National Finals:
Date - 8th June 2019
City - Mumbai
Venue - Indian Gymkhana, Matunga
With this initiative, energy drink giant Red Bull aims to create a new fan base for basketball in India by promoting basketball at a grassroots level and through wider outreach plans for both viewers and players.
For more information, visit https://www.redbull.com/in-en/events/red-bull-reign-india
About Red Bull Reign:
Red Bull Reign is a unique 3-on-3 global basketball tournament, challenging the world's top ballers to put their skills to the test for a chance to be crowned street ball champions. The dynamic competition pits hoop hopefuls from 14 nations against one and other in a high-endurance, offense-driven battle, culminating in the Red Bull Reign World Final. #redbullreign @redbullreign
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