5 on 5 Basketball Tournament Length of Games: 15 minutes halves (running clock). If the game ends in a tie, the teams will play sudden-death overtime with the team scoring first declared the winner. Clocks stops on each whistle and for the last (2) two minutes of each half’s. Players: Each team must have a minimum of 6 players on their roster. Games must be started with five players, but not with four players or you forfeit game.