The Just Do It light blue team tangles the LSN gray team for the ball during seventh-grade division play at the Slick Watts Classic 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament last Saturday. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

The Just Do It light blue team tangles the LSN gray team for the ball during seventh-grade division play at the Slick Watts Classic 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament last Saturday. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Hoopfest under the sun

Inaugural Slick Watts Classic 3-on-3 event fills the outdoor courts

A field of 200 teams competed in the Slick Watts Classic 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament in The Outlet Collection’s north parking lot last weekend.

The Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce co-produced the event – formerly the Jim Marsh Classic – in partnership with the Watts Foundation and in collaboration with MENTOR Washington.

Watts, a former Sonic, established the nonprofit foundation, which leverages sports for the enrichment of youth. Its programs help develop leadership skills, academic prowess and youth of high integrity.

MENTOR Washington, formerly Mentoring Works Washington, is a public-private partnership founded in 2004 as a source of support for the hundreds of mentoring organizations throughout the state. Its mission is to promote, support and expand quality mentoring that fosters positive youth development and academic success.

The tournament, which began with chamber partner Emerald Downs, is now five years running.

Divisions range from second grade to adult, including an elite division and a celebrity game. Each winner for the various levels is recognized with prizes and awards.

The elite winning team last weekend took home the “Jim Marsh Elite Division” trophy.

For results, see slickwattsclassic.com.

Lady Lakers White team’s Kamdyn Hagerty puts up a shot. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Lady Lakers White team’s Kamdyn Hagerty puts up a shot. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

The Gray team’s Carson Steele releases a shot over Navy Blue team’s Trey Weatherspoon in a game between fifth-graders. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

The Gray team’s Carson Steele releases a shot over Navy Blue team’s Trey Weatherspoon in a game between fifth-graders. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

The Blue team’s Jack Miller keeps the ball away from the Triple Threats’ Dalton Brown. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

The Blue team’s Jack Miller keeps the ball away from the Triple Threats’ Dalton Brown. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

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