2014 USA 3x3 World Championship Teams Complete First Day Of Competition
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-- USA 3x3 Women Are Perfect At 2-0,
USA 3x3 Men Go 2-1 --
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The first day of the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championships, which run through June 8, is in the books, and the USA Men’s 3x3 World Championship Team finished the day with a 2-1 record, while the USA Women’s 3x3 World Championship Team won both its games on Thursday night in Moscow, Russia.
The USA men defeated the Netherlands (0-3) 13-11 and beat Germany (0-3) 22-8, but got into early foul trouble against the Czech Republic (2-1) and dropped their final game of the night 21-15; while the USA women took a 21-5 victory over Hungary (0-2) and downed Brazil (1-1) 21-5.
Preliminary play concludes June 6 as the USA men face Poland (2-1) and Tunisia (3-0), while the USA women will take on Argentina (1-1) and Spain (2-0). The USA women’s contest versus Spain, as well as all games on Court 1, will be streamed live online at 10:20 a.m. (EDT) at YouTube.com/3x3planet.
“It just started bad,” said Demetrius Miller (Flint, Mich.) 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.”
“It’s definitely more physical than in the U.S., by far,” said Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame/Lincolnwood, Ill.). “They kind of let you get away with a lot of pushing and stuff. We had to adjust a little bit on offense and our mindset a little bit, but other than that, it’s been a pretty good competition, and we’re looking forward to playing again tomorrow.
“We were just being tough and physical, going back to our plays and not doing too much one-on-one. We were going back to our plays and getting to the free-throw line,” she said about the USA’s victory over Brazil. “They got into foul trouble, so basically we were going to the free-throw line almost the whole game. So, that helped us a lot.”
The USA 3x3 men, along with Czech Republic and Poland, are in a three-way tie for second place among Pool A teams, with Tunisia holding the top spot with a perfect 3-0 record. Germany and the Netherlands are both winless with 0-3 marks. The USA and Spain 3x3 women’s teams are tied for the top spot in Pool D, while Argentina and Brazil each posted 1-1 records on the day and Hungary and Ukraine are 0-2 after the first day of competition.
The top four teams in each pool advance to the knockout phase, which begins with the round of 16 on June 7, followed by the quarterfinals later that evening. The semifinals and finals will be contested on June 8.
In addition to Miller, the USA men’s includes: Mack Darrow (Newport, Calif.), Craig Moore (New York, N.Y.) and Jitim Young (Chicago, Ill.).
Joining Loyd on the USA women’s team are: Cierra Burdick (Tennessee/Charlotte, N.C.), Sara Hammond(Louisville/Mt. Vernon, Ky.) and Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina/Charlotte, N.C.).
“You can’t really rely on your jump shot too much, you have to learn how to attack, create for others. Drive and dish is pretty big, find the mismatches a little bit,” said Loyd on the differences between the standard basketball game and 3x3. “The key is to know your strengths. You might have an open shot, but because of the wind you might have to take it in. You have to be able to finish through contact and go up strong.”
The 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship features 24 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams, and is just the second edition of the biennial event. In addition to the men’s and women’s 3x3 tournaments, included in the 2014 3x3 World Championship program will be a skills contest for women, a dunk contest for men, men’s and women’s shoot-out contests, and men’s and women’s free throw pursuits.
Entered into the dunk contest is Miller; Burdick, Mitchell, Moore and Young will compete in the men’s and women’s shoot-out contests; Darrow and Hammond will vie for gold in the men’s and women’s free throw pursuits, while Loyd will compete in the skills contest. The qualification process will take place on Saturday, while the medal finals will be held on Sunday afternoon.
In addition to the USA Basketball 3x3 squad, nations competing for the men’s 2014 3x3 World Championship gold medal are: Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, host Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela; while in addition to the USA team, the women’s field includes Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, host Russia, Spain, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda and Uruguay.
At the inaugural 2012 FIBA 3x3 World Championship that was held in Athens, Greece, the USA women’s team, featuring Skylar Diggins, Bria Hartley, Chiney Ogwumike and Ann Strother, captured the gold medal with a perfect 9-0 record, France took silver and Australia earned the bronze medal. The USA men’s team, featuring Adetayo Adesanya, Ira Brown, Tyree Hardge and Allen DuBois Williams finished with a 7-2 record and in seventh place. Earning the men’s gold was Serbia, while France collected silver and Ukraine went home with the bronze medal.
In the skills competition, Adesanya collected a silver medal in the dunk contest, while Diggins claimed silver in the skills challenge.
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