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NY Harlem Falls in Semifinals of FIBA 3x3 World Tour Europe Masters

  • Date:
    Sep 5, 2020

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.

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 Europe Masters features Kidani Brutus (Bronxville, NY)Marcel Esonwune (New York, NY), Dominique Jones (Harlem, NY) and Joey King (Eagan, MN)

Meeting Liman (video replay of the game is available here) in the semifinals, NY Harlem fell short 20-17.

NY Harlem led for most of the game's first five minutes and owned a 9-7 advantage with 4:32 to play. Liman, which would shot 6-of-22 from 2-point in the game, sank back-to-back 2s to grab a 11-9 lead with 3:46 to play. King sank a pair of free throws to tie the score at 14 all, but Liman countered with a basket and another 2-pointer to open a 17-14 lead with 1:24 left.  Two more free throws from King pulled NY Harlem to within one, 18-17, failing to score on its last two possessions, NY Harlem was forced to foul and Liman iced the game by making two free throws with 4.2 seconds left in the game. NY Harlem shot just 1-of-16 from 2-point as King tallied a team-best 10 points and Jones added five points.

Facing Novi Sad (Serbia) in the quarterfinals (video replay of the game is available here), NY Harlem advanced to the semifinals with a down-to-the-wire 21-20 victory. Shooting 56.0% percent (14-25 FGs) overall in the game, NY Harlem appeared in control for the majority of the contest, however, late foul trouble helped open the door for a Novi Sad comeback attempt.


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. 



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