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NY Harlem Ousted in Semifinal of FIBA 3x3 World Tour Hungary Masters

  • Date:
    Sep 2, 2020

NY Harlem's quest for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Hungary Masters title came up short as they were defeated 21-15 by Riga (Lativa) in Wednesday's semifinals in Debrecen, Hungary. Riga went on to defeat Ub (Serbia) 21-20 in the finals to capture the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Hungary Masters championship.

Featuring 14 teams, the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Hungary Masters 2020 is the second FIBA official competition since FIBA suspended all its competitions due to the COVID-19 outbreak on March 13, 2020.

The pinnacle of the 3x3 professional circuit – the FIBA 3x3 World Tour – is back with three consecutive Masters competitions: Debrecen Masters (August 29-30), Hungary Masters (Sept. 1-2) and Europe Masters (Sept. 4-5). Prize money at each Masters competition stop is $109,000.

NY Harlem's roster at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Hungary Masters featured David Seagers (Bronx, NY)Egzon Gjonbalaj (Brooklyn, NY)Dominique Jones (Harlem, NY) and Joey King (Eagan, MN)

Meeting Riga (Latvia) (video replay of the game is available here) in the semifinals, NY Harlem struggled offensively and never led in the game.

Tied 1-1, Riga ripped off six straight points to take control 7-1. NY Harlem cut the deficit to 10-5 following a King 2-pointer, and was back within three, 11-8, following a 2-pointer from Jones with just under 5:00 remaining the game. However, Riga answered with a 4-1 run to take a 14-8 lead and the closest NY Harlem got from that point was five points. Riga sealed the 21-15 victory with a basket with 1:29 remaining.  King led NY Harlem with nine points, Jones added five points.


Facing Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) in the quarterfinals, powered by King's 10 points on perfect 9-of-9 shooting from the field, and 7 points from Jones, NY Harlem advanced to the semifinals with a 21-17 win. 


A King 2-pointer pushed NY Harlem ahead 4-2 with 8:54 showing on the clock, and Harlem never again trailed. Following back-to-back 2s from Jones, NY Harlem opened a 9-4 lead. Ulaanbaatar closed the gap to 10-8, but King scored twice and Seagers added a basket in between's King's baskets to up NY Harlem's advantage to 13-8 with 6:27 remaining. Ulaanbaatar fought back to make it 13-12, and with 4:38 left in the game, NY Harlem led by one, 15-14. Jones scored three points and Seagers add one point in a 4-0 NY Harlem run that pushed its lead to 19-14, and King closed out the game with a pair of baskets to make it 21-17 with 3:17 remaining on the clock.

Jones, a 5-foot-10 guard who is the USA's No. 1 FIBA 3x3 ranked player and has earned the nickname "Disco Domo," won the Tisso Shootout Contest on Wednesday.  One of four players to advance to the finals, Jones won the contest with 15 points in the finals. Marko Savic (Novi Sad) finished second with 14 points, Nauris Miezis (Riga) was third and Aurelijus Pokelis (Šakiai) was fourth.

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. 


NY Harlem will continue its 3x3 World Tour Masters play Sept. 3-4 at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Europe Masters in Debrecen.


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