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USA Men Open FIBA 3X3 Men’s U18 World Cup With Two Victories

  • Date:
    Jun 4, 2019


Powered by a balanced and high scoring offense, the USA men recorded a pair of victories in Tuesday’s preliminary round play at the FIBA 3X3 U18 World Cup in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Americans posted impressive 21-13 win against Latvia (0-2) and a 21-9 victory versus Georgia (1-1) in its first two games.

The USA  Men’s 3x3 U18 World Cup Team is comprised of Devin Askew (Mater Dei H.S./Los Angeles, Calif.), Nimari Burnett (Prolific Prep/Chicago, Ill.), Dawson Garcia (Prior Lake H.S./Prior Lake, Minn.) and Ethan Morton (Butler H.S./Butler, Pa.). Athletes eligible for the team must be 18 years old or younger (born on or after 1/1/01) and U.S. citizens.

“Today we played great,” said USA team member Askew. “Our strengths were we were being physical on defense and then on offense everyone was getting involved and we just played great.”

Opening play versus No. 3 overall seed Latvia, the Americans proved too much taking a decisive 21-13 victory.  Garcia headed the U.S. scoring attack with nine points, Morton contributed six, Burnett had four points and Askew added two points.

Matched against Georgia in the day’s second game, the USA offense was in full stride, however, it was the USA’s defense that shined. Fresh from a 21-16 win over Belarus in its first game, Georgia struggled to put points on the board against the USA D. Although Georgia scored first in the game, behind five points from Garcia the USA reeled off 10 straight to take charge 10-1 with 6:57 in the game.  Georgia closed the gap to 14-8, but behind four points from Burnett the U.S. rolled in for the 21-9 victory with 2:32 remaining on the clock.  Garcia finished with eight points, Askey tossed in seven and Burnett added six points.

“It was super fun today,” added Askew about his 3X3 World Cup experience. “It was different but it was a great experience overall. 3X3 is faster. You can’t celebrate after a basket, you have play a lot of defense too, there’s no slacking, you can’t slack at all.

“The atmosphere her is amazing. You have people from all over the world and not from your country cheering for you. There’s a lot of energy, the vibe is crazy.”

The USA 3x3 U18 menwill finish off their preliminary round games on June 6 facing0-2nBelarus (6:50 a.m. EDT) and 2-0 Mongolia (8:30 a.m. EDT). All of the FIBA 3X3 Women’s U18 World Cup games are being streamed live at

Following conclusion of pool play, teams will be seeded based on their records, and the top two teams from each of the four pools advance to the June 7 knockout round, starting with quarterfinals. Winners will advance to the semifinals, and the gold and bronze medal games will be played later that day.

The FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup has been held on an annual basis since 2011, except the years of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (2010, 2014, 2018). Twenty men’s and 20 women’s teams are competing in the 2019 event. In addition to the men’s and women’s 3x3 tournaments, included in the 2019 3x3 program are skills contests, giving athletes chances to win additional medals.

Following conclusion of pool play, teams will be seeded based on their records, and the top two teams from each of the four pools advance to the June 7 knockout round, starting with quarterfinals. Winners will advance to the semifinals, and the gold and bronze medal games will be played later that day.

Teams participating in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup for Men include: host Mongolia, the 2018 Youth Olympics Games gold medalist Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and the United States.

Including results from the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, which was a 3x3 U18 competition, and results from the six FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cups held between 2011-2017, the USA men are 28-13 all-time and earned the silver medal in 2012 and placed 4th in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. 

With the inclusion of 3X3 in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, fans will see the launch of a new basketball discipline in Olympic competition. The exciting and fast-paced game officially was unveiled at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. 

Played on a half court with a 10-minute clock, and a 12-second shot clock, the first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation, is the winner. 

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