NY Harlem Opens FIBA 3x3 World Tour Hungary Masters 2-0
Defeating Piran (Slovenia) 21-15 and Šakiai (Lithuania) 21-17, the NY Harlem 3x3 team finished 2-0 Tuesday's first day of FIBA 3x3 World Tour Hungary Masters pool play in Debrecen, Hungary, to earn Pool D's No. 1 seed in Wednesday's quarterfinals round. NY Harlem will meet 1-1
Opening pool play facing Piran (video replay of the game is available here), who had won two games earlier in the day to qualify for pool play, NY Harlem jumped out to a 11-7 lead before seeing Piran get hot and rally to take a 15-14 lead with 4:27 left in the contest. However, Harlem's Jones, sinking three 2-pointers and adding another basket, took the game over and scored the game's final seven points in just 55 seconds to help Harlem earn the W with 3:32 remaining. Jones finished with 10 points and King added seven points and six rebounds.
Facing Šakiai (video replay of the game is available here) in its second and final game of Pool D play, NY Harlem again started strong and led 10-8 with 5:48 to ply. Šakiai hit a pair of 2-pointers to pull ahead 12-10 and NY Harlem trailed 17-16 with 2:01 remaining. Harlem's Seagers scored to tie the game, King added a basket to give Harlem an 18-17 lead, then King sealed the victory when he scored and was fouled, and because Šakiai was over the foul limit, King was awarded two free throws and made both to earn NY Harlem the 21-17 victory with 1:12 left to play. King led all scorers with 10 points and added six rebounds, Gjonbalaj and Seagers each scored four points and Jones finished with three points.
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.