Astoria Bandits basketball

The Astoria Bandits, from left to right: Quin Gohr, Kanon Huber, Teagan Birdeno, Mulu Starr-Hollow.

Agroup of local youth basketball players took to the streets of Portland recently to compete in the Rip City 3-on-3 Basketball tournament, held July 27-28 at the Moda Center.

The 11-year-old team of Mulu Starr-Hollow, Teagan Birdeno, Kanon Huber and Quin Gohr (the Astoria Bandits) made the trek to the big city and went undefeated during Saturday’s action, earning the No. 1 overall seed heading into Sunday’s single-elimination tournament.

The Bandits reached the finals and were defeated by a 12-year-old team from West Portland.

The Bandits hit the courts again last Saturday and Sunday in the 21st annual Salem Hoopla Tournament, the second-largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the nation (behind Spokane, Washington.).

Competing in Pool D of the boys’ 11-and-under competitive division, the Bandits were 1-2 in pool play Saturday.

They lost their first two games, dropping a 25-19 decision to the Trident Warrers of Gladstone, followed by a 32-15 loss to the Ballerz (of Salem).

The Bandits closed pool play with a 35-13 win over CA2 Sports 6th of Corvallis.

Advancing to Sunday’s bracket play, the PDX Ballers Blue team defeated the Bandits 34-18.

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or

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