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2014 USA Men's 3x3 World Championship Team

SECOND FIBA 3x3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN -- 2014

  • Date:
    Mar 8, 2013

Moscow, Russia • June 5-8, 2014


The 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship -- the second edition of the event -- featured 24 men’s teams, as well as a dunk, shootout and free throw contest from June 5-8 in Moscow, Russia.


2014 USA RESULTS (2-4) 

USA 13 Netherlands 11
USA 22 Germany 8
Czech Rep.
21 USA 15
Poland 20 USA 18
Tunisia 21 USA 20
Serbia 19 USA 15




2014FIBA 3x3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL STANDINGS 

1. Qatar (7-2)
13. Uruguay (3-3)
2. Serbia (7-2)
14. USA (2-4)
3. Russia (6-3)
15. China (2-4)
4. Lithuania (6-3)
16. Puerto Rico (2-4)
5. Croatia (5-2)
17. Turkey (2-3)
6. Czech Rep. (5-2)
18. Argentina (2-3)
7. Poland (5-2)
19. Brazil (1-4)
8. Romania (4-3)
20. Japan (1-4)
9.
Slovenia (4-2) 21. Netherlands (1-4)
10. Estonia (4-2)
22. Venezuela (0-5)
11. Tunisia (4-2)
23. Germany (0-5)
12. New Zealand (4-2)
24. Indonesia (0-5)
NOTE: Final standings for 5th-24th places were determined by the FIBA classification criteria

The USA men’s team, which featured Thomas Darrow, Demetrius Miller, Craig Moore and Jitim Young, earned the right to represent the USA at the FIBA 3x3 World Championship after three of its members won the 2014 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship that was played May 10-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Miller was added to the team on May 28, when one of the squad’s original members, Arne Duncan, could not compete.

Day 1 - June 5
The USA opened competition with a 13-11 win over the Netherlands and a 22-8 victory against Germany before falling 21-15 to Czech Republic after getting into foul trouble early in the game to finish day one with a 2-1 record.

“It just started bad,” Miller said of the USA’s loss. “We had four quick fouls called on us, we were in foul trouble early, then they got to shoot the winner. They were in the double bonus with six minutes to go.

“Playing outside is kind of different because of the wind,” he added. “You have to adjust your shot every game, because the wind is different. You have to be able to pick up on the fly and adjust your game plan on the fly. I think we’re doing a great job with that.”

Day 2 - June 6
The USA fell to Poland 20-18 and just barely lost out to Tunisia 21-20, but hopes were alive heading into the round of 16.

Day 3 - June 7
Unfortunately, day three saw the U.S. men end their run in the championship with a 19-15 tightly contested loss to Serbia in the round of 16. Against Serbia, the USA led 15-14 with under a minute left to play. Serbia made one free throw to tie the game, got the rebound off of the second free throw miss, scored and took the lead. Serbia continued to make shots and free throws down the stretch, while the USA turned the ball over and missed its attempt from behind the arc in the final
seconds. Forced to foul with nine seconds remaining, the USA was whistled for an intentional foul, and Serbia made both from the line and then ran the clock out.

“I think we played very hard,” Moore said. “We have a lot of hard workers on our team, and we played together. Unfortunately, we came up a little short and empty handed. I think this was a very good learning experience for our team and our guys that we can bring home and teach the rest of the \country how the game is played on a world stage. Hopefully we can do better next time.”    

Serbia went on to advance to the gold-medal game, but fell to champion Qatar 18-13. In the bronze medal game, Russia beat Lithuania 19-18.

Miller won a bronze medal in the dunk contest, while the shootout top finisher was Daniel Hure (Argentina), followed by Sarah Kershaw (Switzerland) and a tie for bronze between Yurena Diaz (Spain) and Christian Gunawan (Indonesia). In the free throw pursuit, gold, silver and bronze went to Angel Santana (Romania), Ann Wauters (Belgium) and Amaya Gastaminza (Spain), respectively.

“It meant the world to get a bronze medal,” Miller said. “It’s great to be able to represent my country and be able to medal, and be able to give something back to the USA.

2014USA MEN'S 3X3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NO NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
10 Mack Darrow
F
6-9 248 23
Princeton University
Lake Barrington, IL
7 Demetrius Miller
G
6-1
185
22
Metro State University Flint, MI
12
Craig Moore
G
6-3
185
27
Northwestern University
Doyleston, PA
4
Jitim Young
G
6-2
190
32
Northwestern University Chicago, IL

2014 FIBA 3X3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SKILLS CONTESTS MEDALISTS

Dunk Contest
Gold Medal: Firas Lahyani (Tunisia)
Silver Medal: Yan Pengfie (China)
Bronze Medal: Demetrius Miller (USA)
Shootout
Gold Medal: Daniel Hure (Argentina)
Silver Medal:
Sarah Kershaw (Switzerland)
Bronze Medals:
Yurena Diaz (Spain) & Christian Gunawan (Indonesia)

 

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