Team Solid Gold took home the Red Bull Reign Championship for the second year in a row—playing the finals in their own home city of Chicago. Scroll through the photos above to get a look at the action over the weekend. Here’s a recap of how it all went down, from our friends at Red Bull:
For the second year in a row, Team Solid Gold from Chicago, was crowned champion of Red Bull Reign. Saturday marked the end of the 7-city tour where winning teams from Houston, Oklahoma, Memphis, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Detroit joined 24 Chicago teams in the ultimate 3×3 basketball tournament. In the end no one could dethrone the 2014 reigning champions, Solid Gold.
The winning team was constructed of Emmanuel Little, Al Stewart, JaMarcus Ellis and Chris Singletary (who was stepping in for Big Man, De’Andre Thomas who had a torn ACL). “This year the competition was great – it was hot. Adding teams from other cities stepped up the level of play, but we had this!” Emmanuel Little. For their hard-fought efforts, Solid Gold earned a cash prize and a spot in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour next month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
NBA All-Star, Anthony Davis hosted the Chicago finals at Seward Park where close to 10 hours of high-endurance, offensive-driven games were played. Team RJ White was a closely watched team in the morning pool as they had 2 female athletes who took out anyone in their way. In the end All Work No Play out of Minnesota, snuck up on everyone and earned their way to the final game where they came within 1 point from victory. Some of the most exciting plays of the day came out in the dunk contest. Indiana-native Kenneth Edwards was throwing down some crazy dunks and took the crown with a windmill over his own teammate. “I came here to win this and knew I wasn’t going back to Indy empty-handed. Wait until you see what I do next year.”