USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament On Eve Of Championship Rounds
Day one of the 2016 USA Basketball 3x3 Men’s and Women’s National Tournaments saw three teams remain undefeated heading into tomorrow’s championship rounds. In addition to the tournament title, the winning men’s and women’s teams at the 2016 USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament will earn the right to represent the USA at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championship that will be held Oct. 11-15 in Guangzhou, China.
The men’s quarterfinals on Sunday will see Group B two-seed New York City (4-1) take on Group A three-seed 3Ball Select (3-2) and Group A two-seed Ariel (4-1) meet Group B three-seed Denver (2-3) at 11:40 a.m. (all times are EDT); while at at 12 p.m., Group A one-seed Harlem (5-0) meets Group B four-seed Hard2Guard (2-3) and the top finisher in Group B 3Ball Premier (5-0) facing Group A four-seed UCCS (2-3).
The quarterfinal winners will meet in the semifinals at 12:40 p.m., and the semifinal winners will play in the championship game at 1:20 p.m.
“We played some games better than others, but we got it done – 5-0, ” said Harlem guard David Seagers (Bronx, N.Y.). “There are two new guys on my team, so we had to get accustomed to the rules and each other. We adapted well, and we won today.
“We’re not champions yet, so we are not where we want to be, but that’s the goal – win the championship,” Seagers added.
3Ball Premier and New York City were tied at 4-0 in Group B before the final game of the day saw 3Ball Premier earn a 21-8 win to claim the top spot.
“We got way better,” said 3Ball Premier guard Stefhon Hannah (Chicago, Ill.), “In the beginning, we were winning by like one point, three points. They were tough games. But we got better, and we played a much tougher team at the end. I think we got adjusted at the right time.
“Our goal is not to lose,” Hannah cotinued. “I think if we keep playing the way that we are playing, playing hard, playing together, it’s going to happen.”
In the women’s tournament on Aug. 28, the morning will start at 12:20 p.m. with quarterfinal games between preliminary round four-seed The Unknown (2-3) and fifth-place Denver (1-4) and third-place Defend (3-2) and sixth-place UCCS (0-5).
The semifinals at 1 p.m. will feature the winner of A4 - A5 against top-seeded Unknowns (5-0) and the winner of A3-A6 taking on second-seeded Ariel (4-1). The semifinal winners will meet in the championship game at 1:40 p.m.
The top seed, Unknowns won three of its five games by reaching 21 points, but it also had two close games in which it won by just one point. The team features four players who all have prior experience at USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournaments, including guard Angela Goodman (Wardell, Mo.), who is playing in her fourth event.
“Overall, we did well,” Goodman said. “We just need to clean up some things, we’ll be good to go for tomorrow.
“We are feeling good,” Goodman added. “Feeling good, but not overconfident. We are here for one purpose. We want to represent the United States at the World Championship.”
The men’s tournament will start off on Sunday with classification semifinals between Group B five-seed CEOs of CO and Group A six-seed Juggernauts (0-5), and Group A fifth place finisher Orlando (1-4) against Group B six-seed Hand Down Man Down (1-4) 11:20 a.m. The classification semifinal winners will play at 12 p.m.
2016 marks the fifth time USA Basketball has conducted a 3x3 National Tournament.
2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championship
The 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championships will feature a total of 40 teams from 30 different countries and every continent in Guangzhou, China.
It is the first time the competition is being held in Asia after being staged in Athens, Greece in 2012 and Moscow, Russia in 2014.
Held every other year in even numbered years, the USA women won both prior championships, while Qatar’s men struck gold in 2014 and the U.S. men are seeking their first medal.
National squads participating in the men’s competition are: Andorra, Brazil, host China, Egypt, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, USA and Uruguay.
Nations qualified on the women’s side include: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, host China, Chinese Taipei, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and USA.
The USA 3x3 Women’s World Championship teams have compiled a perfect 18-0 overall record and captured gold at both the 2012 and 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championships.