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