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2017 USA 3x3 World Cup Team


  • Date:
    Jul 23, 2017

Nantes, France • June 17-21, 2017

Featuring collegiate alumni Zahir Carrington (Lehigh), Damon Huffman (Brown), Daniel Mavraides (Princeton) and Craig Moore (Northwestern), the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team returned from Nantes, France with a 3-2 record and in seventh place.

2017 USA RESULTS (3-2) 

Netherlands 19 USA 12
USA 21 Indonesia 8
USA 21 New Zealand 6
USA 21 South Korea 4
Serbia 17 USA 14


1. Serbia (7-0) 11. Philippines (2-2)
2. Netherlands (6-1) 12. Romania (1-3)
3. France (5-2) 13. Andorra (1-3)
4. Slovenia (5-2) 14. Estonia (1-3)
5. Ukraine (4-1) 15. New Zealand (1-3)
6. Qatar (3-2) 16. Indonesia (1-3)
7. USA (3-2) 17. South Korea (1-3)
8. Russia (3-2) 18. Egypt (0-4)
9. Puerto Rico (2-2) 19. El Salvador (0-4)
10. Poland (2-2) 20. Sri Lanka (0-4)
NOTE: Final standings for 5th-24th places were determined by the FIBA classification criteria

Moore, who also was a member of the 2014 USA Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team, became the first two-time USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team member.

Twenty teams took part in the men’s tournament, which was held in conjunction with the women’s 3x3 World Cup. Also included were a women’s skills contest, a mixed shootout contest and men’s dunk contest. 

The U.S. team members earned the right to represent the USA at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup after winning the 2017 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament that was played April 8-9 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In its first game against Netherlands on June 17, the USA suffered a 19-12 loss. The USA trailed 3-0 before Moore scored at 7:12 to put the USA’s first point on the board. Mavraides followed with a bucket, but after three scores from Netherlands, the USA trailed 6-2. A 2-pointer from Moore and a score from Carrington brought the USA within one point, 6-5. It remained a three-point game until the last three minutes. Leading 12-10, Netherlands scored six-straight points to go ahead 18-10. Mavraides and Carrington each scored, while Netherlands added a point, and the buzzer sounded with the USA trailing. Huffman tallied five points. 

After starting cold against the Netherlands, the USA heated up in its 21-8 win over Indonesia on June 17. The USA made eight 2-point shots to put the game away before the 10 minutes expired. With the score 1-1, Moore sank two-straight shots from behind the arc, and then Mavraides sank two long balls and the USA led 9-3. The USA continued to roll from there. After making a 1-point shot, Huffman sank three 2-pointers in a row to give the USA an 18-7 lead. Mavraides made it 20-7 with a basket from behind the arc a few seconds later. Huffman ended the game at 21-8 with the final point, and he again led the USA in scoring with eight points. Mavraides added six points.

After an off day on June 18, the USA earned a 21-6 win over New Zealand on June 19 that saw Mavraides score 10 points. The Americans hit four 2-pointers in the first 3:46 to lead 12-3, and after a score from New Zealand, the USA reeled off six more unanswered points to lead 18-4 with 4:57 to go. With the score at 19-6, Moore closed out the victory with a 2-pointer with 4:10 left on the clock.

The USA was sizzling hot against South Korea in its 21-4 win on June 18, making 10 2-pointers. Huffman, Mavraides and Moore combined for seven unanswered 2-pointers in a 14-0 run that made it 16-2 with 6:15 on the clock. After two more points from behind the arc from Huffman, Mavraides closed out the win with a free throw – the only point scored by the USA during the game that was not a 2-pointer.

For a fourth-straight time, Serbia ended the USA’s run in 3x3 World Cup play, beating the USA 17-14 in the quarterfinals on June 21. Serbia led early, 5-2, but the USA rattled off a 7-2 run that included a 2-pointer from Moore and a long-range shot from Mavraides to give the USA a 9-7 lead with 5:45 to play. A pair of Mavraides layups tied the game for the third and final time, 12-12, with 2:51 to go. But, a Serbia 2-pointer with 2:09 on the clock gave the Europeans a 14-12 lead. Serbia added another two points from deep with 53 seconds to play and closed out a 17-14 victory. Mavraides scored eight points.

Serbia went on to win the gold medal against the Netherlands, 21-18, while France won bronze 18-17 over Slovenia.



7 Zahir Carrington F 6-7 230 29 Lehigh University Philadelphia, PA
4 Damon Huffman G 6-1 180 32 Brown University Petoskey, MI
6 Daniel Mavraides G 6-4 210 28 Princeton University Los Angeles, CA
5 Craig Moore G 6-3 185 31 Northwestern University Doylestown, PA
Athletic Trainer: Marge Hunt, Colorado Springs, Colorado


NAME   G  
5   31. 6.2
Huffman   5   29/ 5.8
Moore   5   18/ 3.6
Carrington   5   11/ 2.2
USA   5   89/ 17.8
OPP.   5   54/ 10.8


Skills Contest (women)
Gold Medal: Claudia Brunet (AND)
Silver Medal: Karin Kuijt (NED)
Bronze Medal: Yuri Hanada (JPN)

Shoot-Out Final (mixed):
Gold Medal: Angelo Tsagarakis (FRA)
Silver Medal: Joey Schelvia (NED)
Bronze Medal: Michael Uhrova (CZE)

Dunk Contest (men):
Gold Medal: Rafal "Lipek" Lipinski (POL)
Silver Medal: Chris Staples (USA)
Bronze Medal: Vadim "Miller" Poddubchenko (UKR)

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