Originally Posted by fir3fox
This is an interesting topic.
Here we play 21 or 25, where the individual who reaches that score wins.
Teams normally play "straight eight" where every basket (whether from 2 or 3 point range) counts as 1 point, so the team with eight made buckets wins.
Damn, I've played repeatedly in St. Pete, Clearwater, Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee, Miami, and Eastern Montana/Western North Dakota. Never heard of "25" or "straight eight".
There are many, many variations in "21", even within the same city:
Three-pointers sometimes count, sometimes don't.
With bad players - "free throws" are from the free-throw line, but this is rare, usually only on inferior-competition courts.
Sometimes the first shot (to start the game) is worth 2, sometimes 1.
Some courts call out-of-bounds, some don't.
Some courts bust, some don't - if you don't hit exactly 21 points, you go down.
Some courts you bust down to 13 (so your next basket gives you 15), some 15 (so your next basket gives you 17). Played at one court where it was 11 (or at least that's what they told me
"Tips" - really complex. Usually it's not played (wears your ass out for the team game you're waiting to start). Sometimes it's only played on the free throws. Sometimes it's on on every shot. Sometimes you bust down to zero, sometimes if you get past 11 points you only bust to 11.
Take-backs - many "white" courts, you only take the ball back if there are fewer than three or four people playing. In general, white folks tend to like to take it back, black folks don't.
Black people, in general, would rather play seven-person 21 than play threes with one person sitting. Hell, even nine-person 21.