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THIRD FIBA 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN – 2013

  • Date:
    Oct 10, 2013

Jakarta, Indonesia • September 26-29, 2013


The USA Men's 3x3 U18 Team, after rolling in preliminary round play to a Group B first place finish with a spotless 7-0 record, saw their gold medal dreams end when Lithuania surprised them in the Round of 16. The USA finished in ninth place with a 7-1 record.

2013 USA RESULTS (7-1)

USA 21 Andorra 6
USA 21 China 9
USA 21 Bulgaria 9
USA 21 Czech Rep. 3
USA 22 Guatemala 1
USA 21 Taiwan 7
USA 21 Philippines 14
Lithuania 15 USA 12

2013 FIBA 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL STANDINGS

1. Argentina (11-0) 17. New Zealand (3-4)
2. France (9-2) 18. Philippines (3-4)
3. Russia (8-3) 19. Belize (3-4)
4. Lithuania (6-5) 20. Thailand (2-5)
5. Puerto Rico (8-1) 21. Italy (2-5)
6. China (7-2) 22. Taiwan (2-5)
7. Spain (7-2) 23. Brazil (2-5)
8. Poland (5-4) 24. Qatar (1-6)
9. USA (7-1) 25. Romania (1-6)
10. Germany ((7-1) 26. Venezuela (1-6)
11. Switzerland (5-3) 27. Slovakia (1-6)
12. Canada (5-3) 28. Indonesia (1-6)
13. Czech Rep. (5-3) 29. Estonia (1-6)
14. Latvia (5-3) 30. Hungary (1-6)
15. Bulgaria (4-4) 31. Andorra (1-6)
16. Turkey (4-4) 32. Guatemala (0-7)

Final standings for 5th-32nd places were determined by the FIBA classification criteria. In 2012, Angola and Tunisia did not travel to Spain for the competition and therefore forfeited their games.

The 2013 USA U18 3x3 team is comprised of Cliff Alexander (Curie H.S./Chicago, Ill.), University of Tennessee commit Larry Austin, Jr. (Lanphier H.S./Springfield, Ill.), University of Colorado commit Dominique Collier (Denver East H.S./Denver, Colo.) and Cleveland State University signee DeMonte Flannigan (Villa Angela-St. Joseph H.S./Cleveland, Ohio). Austin and Flannigan were members of the 2012 USA 3x3 U18 team that claimed a silver medal.

Day 1 - September 26
The USA got off to a dominating start and won their first three preliminary round games in convincing style. The USA men opened day one with a 21-6 victory over Andorra, then rolled over China (2-1) and wrapped up the day with a 21-9 win over Bulgaria.

"We got off to a 3-0 start and I thought we played well together. We have good team chemistry, we moved the ball well, then we started to rebound and once we start moving and rebounding the lead blew open,” said Austin.

Not lost to the USA players was an interesting new 3x3 rule that awards two points for a dunk, the same amount as what is awarded for a made shot from behind the 3-point line.

“It’s a big advantage, because all me and Dominique have to do is throw it up to the rim and our bigs will go get it; Cliff and DeMonte just dunk everything," added Austin.

Day 2 - September 27
After finishing day one of preliminary play with a 3-0 mark, the Americans were even more impressive on day two, swamping Czech Republic 21-3, then closing out the day with a 22-1 thumping of Guatemala.

“Today was pretty good, said the 6’9” Alexander. “We just came out ready to play hard and got the wins, which are the most important thing.”

Alexander is enjoying the new FIBA 3x3 rule that awards two points for a dunk, the same amount as is awarded for a make from behind the arc. “Yeah, I’m enjoying that. Me and DeMonte (Flannigan), every chance we get, we’re dunking the ball.”

Day 3 - September 28
The U.S. men, who entered day three with a perfect 5-0 record, continued on their roll and routed Taiwan 21-7, then earned a solid 21-14 victory over Philippines to finish Group B preliminary play with a 7-0 record.

The USA men were the only nation in the 32-team championship to have scored 21 or more points in all seven of its preliminary round games. Averaging a tournament best 21.1 points a game in its first seven prelim contests, the U.S. limited its preliminary round opponents to just 7.0 points game.

Moving into the knock out round of 16, the U.S. saw their gold medal dreams end when Lithuania handed them a 15-12 loss in the Round of 16.

“Lithuania played a lot more physical than how other teams played us, they also played harder than we did and we also didn’t knock down our shots,” said Austin. “They got the loose balls and outrebounded us a lot, so it really came down to them being physical, being a tougher team.”

The American men from the start of the Lithuania game struggled to find their offensive rhythm. Back-to-back two-point plays by Lithuania earned it a 12-7 lead midway through the game. The U.S. worked hard to regain the momentum and managed to close the gap to 13-10, but the inability to hit shots from the field or even the foul line doomed the team to the 15-12 loss.

“We missed five straight free throws as a team and those would have helped us a lot,” added Austin.

“In the first five games our team was really rolling, everything was on point – our passes, we were doing everything the right way, we were playing hard no matter who we played against,” said Flannigan on the men’s team play. “Then we made a few mistakes and it cost us. One of the big things was we dunked a lot. The new rule is that a dunk is worth two points so in that last game they were really physical, fouling us a lot and we couldn’t dunk and that was our game most of the time.”

The USA’s Flannigan also participated in the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship Dunk Contest and captured the bronze medal. Kobe Paras from the Philippines and Spain’s Antonio Morales won the gold and silver medals, respectively, and China’s Sun Ming Hui was also awarded a bronze medal.

Argentina closed out the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship 11-0 and defeated France 13-7 to win gold, while Lithuania bested Russia 19-16 in the bronze medal game.

2012 USA MEN'S 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NO NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
10 Cliff Alexander
F
6-9
225
17
Curie High School Chicago, IL
9 Larry Austin
G
6-1
165
17
Lanphier High School Springfield, IL
7 Dominique Collier
G
6-2
160
16
Denver East High School Highlands Ranch, CO
8 DeMonte Flannigan
F/C
6-7
205
18
Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School Richmond Heights, OH

2013 FIBA MEN'S 3x3 U18 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SKILLS CONTESTS MEDALISTS

Dunk Contest
Gold Medal: Kobe Paras (PHI)
Silver Medal: Antonio Morales (ESP)
Bronze Medals: DeMonte Flannigan (USA), Sun Ming Hui (CHN)
Free Throw Pursuit
Gold Medal: János Mike (HUN)
Silver Medal: Gerard Gomila (ESP)
Bronze Medal: Dimitris Rasty (ROM)

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