NY Harlem Finishes Pool Play 2-0, Advances to FIBA 3x3 World Tour Quarterfinals
Defeating Utena (Lithuania) and
Opening pool play facing Utena, behind seven points from Brutus and King, the 3x3 squad earned a 21-17 victory with 3:17 remaining on the clock. Neither team could establish much of a lead in the early goings and with 4:06 remaining the game was tied 17-17. Brutus pushed NY Harlem ahead 19-17 after draining a pair of free throws, and with 3:50 remaining King added a basket to up NY Harlem's lead to 20-17. Brutus sealed the win with another free throw with 3:14 to play.
Facing Šakiai (video replay of the game is available here), the No. 5 overall seed for the Debrecen 3x3 World Tour tournament, NY Harlem again took control late into the game to record a 21-17 win with 1:34 remaining on the game clock. Harlem opened a 6-3 lead, however, Šakiai rallied and the NY Harlem squad was looking at a 14-12 deficit with 4:02 left in the game. Jones made his only 2-pointer of the game to give NY Harlem a 16-15 lead with 2:14 to play and Jones followed that up with a drive, and made one of two free throws after being fouled on the basket to up Harlem's lead to 19-16. Brutus drained his second 2-pointer or the game to earn his team the 21-17 victory. Brutus finished the game with six points and five rebounds, Jones added six points as well, King contributed five points and Esonwune recorded four points and six rebounds.
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. Olympic fans will see the the inclusion of 3x3 in the Tokyo Olympic Games next July.