The Queen City Hoopfest took place in Cincinnati Ohio April 30 – May 1st, 2022. The event hosted 14 teams in three divisions. A and B Division was combined along with B Minus, and C Division. The tournament allowed the NGBA to host a Commissioner’s Free Throw and Three Point challenge. .
The Saturday round robin play saw the Flatine 2.0 dominate the field, only being challenged by the LA nightmare in a 46-50 victory. Flatline went 3-0 in pool play and was moved up to the B Minus Division, while the LA Nightmare went on to victory in the C division. While Flatline 2.0 took the B-minus lower championships to the first first seed in the elimination round on Sunday.
In the B Minus division new team Southern Kentucky Black Magic (SoKy) went 3-0 in pool play. As a new team they competed and were focused on winning. With a superb shooting performance they beat a tough veteran team, Philly Heartbreakers 68-62. The championship game saw a rematch between the SoKy Black Magic and the Philly Heartbreakers. In the end, the Philly Heartbreakers broke the hearts of the Black Magic with a 66-62. Look out B Division for the SoKy Magic.
The A/B asked teams to step up and compete above their normal level and play up. The Midwest Stormer and Seattle Anonymous played up and competed well against powerhouse LA Heat and NYC Ruff Ryderz. The Midwest Stormers defeated the Heat 64-58 in pool play. In the end Seattle Anonymous was not able to cool off the LA Heat. The Heat took the championship with a score of 51-40.
The weekend hosted the Three point and Free Throw challenge as well as the All Star Game. 8 players signed up for each of the challenges. Christopher Barta from the LA Nightmare took top honors in the Free Throw challenge and Jun Wang (Boston Shamrocks) was the sharp shooter in the 3 point contest..
The weekend festivities at the gym ended with the NGBA All Star game. Players were selected by the opposing team’s captain by post games voting. It was an honor and fun time for the players selected