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POLSON – Three blocks of downtown Polson were closed off to traffic as basketball players and fans filled the streets for the annual Flathead Lake 3-on-3 basketball tournament this past weekend.

The two-day event, first played in 1992, has grown into one of Montana’s most popular and longest- running tournaments. This late-summer classic draws more than 800 players and 200 teams each year to the streets of Polson as they battle it out in extremely competitive streetball for bragging rights and prizes.

On Saturday evening, players were able to compete in a slam dunk contest and a free-throw shooting competition. Looking to defend his slam-dunk title for the third consecutive year, Deon McLaughlin battled newcomer Julian Jones in three rounds of crowd stirring high-flying dunks. Once the dust settled, it was Jones who snatched away this year’s title and $350 prize money.

In the three-point shooting contest, it was Elly Reed who netted the championship in the ladies division, while SKC Bison Kevin Wroblewski sank more three-point shots in the men’s group for the win and the $200 prize money. Reed donated her $200 winnings to the Boys and Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation and Lake County.

On Sunday, after two days of heated 3-on-3 basketball, 15 bracket champions were named. Team winners were Mixed Poi Time in the adult co-ed division over Tire Depot, and in the women’s open bracket, CFA defeated Wild Women for the title.

In the largest division bracket, the men’s open recreational championship went to Purple Reign with a victory over Smokin’ Joes. 


2019 Flathead Lake 3-on-3 division winners:

Boys fifth-sixth grade

    First place- Select Basketball

    Second place- Sauce Squad

    Third place- Steal Bob Swish Pants

 Girls fifth-sixth grade

    First place- Ballerz

    Second place- Thunder-White

 Boys seventh-eighth grade

    First place- Northern Thunder

    Second place- Chiefs 

    Third place- Hazard

 Girls seventh-eighth grade

    First place- 406 Wild

    Second place- Apasaalooke Elite

    Third place- Pavement Princess

 Boys ninth-tenth grade

    First place- Valley Boys

    Second place- That’s What’s up

    Third place- Big Ducks

 Girls ninth-10th grade

    First place- Lady Irish

    Second place- Dream Team

    Third place- Native Express

 Boys 11-12th grade

    First place- Fluffy Bunnies

    Second place- Off in the Woods

    Third place- Rip City

 Girls 11-12th grade

    First place- Lady Cats

    Second place- Sauce Brothers

    Third place- MRMM

 Womens open

    First place- CFA

    Second place- Wild Womens

    Third place- Buckskin

 Co-ed teams

    First place- Mixed Poi Time

    Second place- Tire Depot- White

    Third place- Fosters

 6’1 and under elite

    First place- Poi Time

    Second place- Red Hots

    Third place- Run n Gun

 6’1 and under rec

    First place- Over the Hill

    Second place- Fatties

    Third place- BBW

 Mens open elite

    First place- Tire Depot- Red

    Second place- Flexing

    Third place- Desert Horse Elite

 Mens open rec

    First place- Purple Reign

    Second place- Smokin’ Joes

    Third place- Chips & Dip


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