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June 30, 2013

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Woodward, Okla. — 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

While the children and their turtles are racing, adults can get in on their own competition as part of a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Newton said that the basketball tournament is both a returning and a somewhat new event for the 4th of July celebration.  She explained that a similar tournament was held last year, but just featured teams of 2 competing against each other.

However, she said all those who participated last year agreed that they would prefer a 3-on-3 competition, "so we switched."

In addition to the 3 members on each team, she said "they are allowed 1 substitute."

There is an entry fee for the competition, which goes to help offset the prize money that will be awarded, Newton said, noting the first place team will receive $1,200.

She said they are looking to have 32 teams compete in this year's tournament "so we don't have any byes."

Those wanting to participate are asked to pre-register online at gowoodward.com.  Registration will then open at 8:30 a.m. on the 4th, with round 1 of tournament play beginning at 9 a.m.  Teams will be competing on temporary courts in the parking lot located south of the main park area.

While the 3-on-3 basketball tournament is limited for those 18-years-old and over, Newton said that all ages can participate in a basketball shoot-off contest, which will be held around 6 p.m. on the same temporary courts.

There is no entry fee for the shoot-off, but prizes will be awarded in 2 categories, Newton said.  The first is a progressive shoot-off, where competitors will shoot a lay-up, free throw and 3 point shot, and the second is a half-court shoot-off, with the winner being the first contestant to successfully make a half-court shot, she said.

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