Princeton Eliminated in Quarterfinals, Finishes Fifth at FIBA 3x3 World Tour Doha
After winning both of its preliminary round games on Friday, the U.S. 3x3 team Princeton fell 17-12 on Saturday to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) in the 2020 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Doha quarterfinal round and closed out the tournament in Qatar in fifth place. Riga (Latvia) defeated Liman (Serbia) 21-20 to capture the Doha World Tour title.
Featuring in Doha Damon Huffman (Flushing, Ohio), Kareem Maddox (Los Angeles, Calif.), Dan Mavraides (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Craig Moore (New York, N.Y.), this weekend’s 3x3 tournament in Doha was its first competition of the year. Princeton finished second in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final.
Maddox opened the game with a 2-pointer. However, Jeddah responded with a 4-0 run which was stopped by a Maddox bucket that pulled Princeton to 4-3.
Jeddah began to pull away and with 5:21 remaining in the game, scored to make it 11-5. After quick three points from Huffman in a span of 26 seconds, Princeton trailed by three, 11-8.
However, Jeddah continued to stymie Princeton as it moved out to a 14-8 advantage with 2:32 remaining.
Shortly after a Maddox basket, Jeddah committed its seventh foul of the game and Maddox was sent to the foul line for two free throws. He swished in both attempts at 2:09, to again make it a three-point game, 14-11 and giving hope to the U.S.-based squad. In the end, however, Jeddah was able to hold off Princeton, outscoring the squad 3-1 to close out the game with the 17-12 victory and the right to advance to the semifinals.
Maddox finished as the game’s leading scorer and rebounder with eight points and nine boards. Huffman scored Princeton’s remaining four points. Princeton made only 2-of-16 attempts from 2-point and went to the foul line just twice, making both free throws.
After the quarterfinal round, Huffman ranked sixth among all competitors for scoring with an average of 6.3 points a game, while Maddox was seventh at 6.0 ppg. Maddox also was first for rebounding at 9.0 rebounds a game and also ranked first with four blocked shots and tied for first with four dunks.
Maddox made it to the finals of the Doha shootout contest, but after a hot start he went cold and finished in fourth place with seven points. Kostas Vasileiadis (Lusail) earned the title with 13 points. Dzemal Taletovic (Bielefeld) and Ignas Vaitkus (Utena) scored nine apiece.
Featuring 14 teams, the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Doha Masters 2020 is the fourth 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 comprised of four Masters competitions: (Aug. 29-30), (Sept. 1-2), (Sept. 4-5) and Doha Masters (Nov. 20-21). Prize money at each Masters competition stop is $109,000.
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.