NY Harlem Falls in Semifinals of FIBA 3x3 World Tour Europe Masters
For a second consecutive 3x3 Masters, NY Harlem saw their title aspirations come up short in the semifinals as they were defeated 20-17 on Saturday by Liman (Serbia) at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Europe Masters in Debrecen, Hungary. Liman went on to defeat Šakiai (Lithuania) 21-15 to capture the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Europe Masters championship.
Former University of Minnesota standout King scored four points to help fuel a 5-0 start for NY Harlem. Novi Sad connected on two 2-pointers and quickly evened the game 5-5 and NY Harlem, getting points from all four of its players, posted a 6-0 scoring run to take control 11-5 with 5:58 left in the game. Following a Jones 2-pointer, Harlem led 15-8 and following a 2-pointer from Brutus the score stood at 17-12 with 3:59 remaining. A Jones basket put NY Harlem a point away from victory, 20-16, but NY Harlem went over the foul limit and with 2:44 left Dejan Majstorovic made two free throws to pull Novi Sad within two, 20-18.
NY Harlem was whistled for its 10th foul which put it into the double-penalty position, meaning Novi Sad would get two free throws and possession of the ball. Majstorovic sank both free throws to tie the game 20-20 with 2:34 to play. On the ensuing possession, Majstorovic got the ball down low, however, Jones came up with a partial block on his shot and NY Harlem got the ball to King who drained a turnaround jumper on the baseline to give NY Harlem the 21-20 win with 2:19 left. Brutus made 3-of-5 from 2 point and accounted for eight points, King, shooting 7-of-9 overall from the field, scored eight points and Jones added four 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.