Former Saint Rose men’s basketball head coach Brian Beaury and Steve Dagostino, who starred at Guilderland High School and in college for Beaury, are teaming up to host a FIBA-style 3-on-3 basketball event next weekend.
The “NY 3×3 Hoop Festival” takes place Saturday at Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, and is an event that Dagostino — who operates Dags Basketball, a Troy-based training operation — said its organizers hope becomes a yearly staple. Teams of four players are able to enter the tournament, which has 16 divisions and prizes up for grabs. Registrations may be made online at nysportsev.com, the website for the “New York Sports Events” company that Beaury and Dagostino run together.
Next weekend’s tournament — which has an entry fee of $180 per team, plus online registration fees — is the second New York Sports Events production of the year. Dagostino said the organization’s AAU tournament earlier this year included the maximum 32 teams it wanted, but events like the one this upcoming weekend are more along the lines of what New York Sports Events wants to prioritize offering moving forward.
“We want to focus more on non-AAU events because there are just so many AAU tournaments already,” Dagostino said.
The timing for a 3-on-3 event was certainly right, too. The Tokyo Olympics included 3-on-3 basketball for the first time, and the fast-paced, action-packed brand of basketball is one Dagostino is eager to promote.
“When I was in college, coach Beaury taught a lot out of 3-on-3,” Dagostino said. “So we’d play out of that all the time. Then, when I went to [play professionally] in Europe, all the coaches teach and practice out of that.”
There are plenty of rules differences between the traditional 5-on-5 version of basketball and 3-on-3. Most notably — besides there being fewer players on the court — is that the game is played in a half-court setting. Part of the appeal of the tournament, Dagostino said, is growing awareness of the 3-on-3 game, which he said he incorporates into his camps and training sessions because of how well it utilizes each person on the court.
“Everyone touches the ball. They all shoot. They’re all engaged on defense,” Dagostino said. “When we have our pro guys or our college guys in the gym, most of the workout is through 3-on-3.”
There are divisions for teams of men, women, boys and girls at this year’s event, which will be capped at 100 teams. In 2022, Dagostino wants to at least double that limit.
“Hopefully we can grow this thing to have a couple hundred teams, from all age groups, every fall,” Dagostino said.
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