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15 September 2017 | in 3x3 World University League, World University League, Basketball 3x3

3X3 FISU Finals: Heavyweights and wildcards in contention for spot in final

Day 2 saw a successful close to the preliminary pool play. Tomorrow’s programme is stacked with games to decide the rankings for the Last 16 in the men’s and women’s tournament — and a time for individuals to shine in the shootout and slam dunk contests

 

The home team of Huaqiao University battling with Université Bordeaux during Day 2's group stage

XIAMEN — After two days of intense play, the 3x3 FISU World University League preliminary pool play came to close Friday night.

 

 

From top to bottom, most games were hard fought and didn’t necessarily follow previous world rankings or palmares. Case in point: while defending champion McGill University moves on to the knockout stages undefeated it took a gritty 19-18 win in their first game over Taylor’s University to do it.

 

 

On the women’s side, last year’s winners Lithuania Sports University had to grind out two wins by two points a piece after falling 9-17 to the University of Physical Education (HUN).

 

The defending League champion Lithuanian Sport (LTU) takes on University Physical Education (HUN) with the top-spot in Pool C on the line

Chinese Culture University (TPE) — another consistent contender on the women’s side, who finished second in the tournament last year — won all three of their games, and looked good doing it. 

 

 

Yang Qing of the Chinese Culture University team said that they were satisfied with today’s performances, but that they would have to adjust themselves to the kinds of circumferences in the following games if they want to really fight for the title.

Playing 3x3 basketball on the Huaqiao University campus provides an ideal backdrop

 

COMING UP AT THE 3x3 FISU WORLD UNIVERSITY LEAGUE - 2017 FINALS

 

 

While the Saturday’s schedule consists of  a bevy of games to decide the final rankings for the Last 16 in the men’s and women’s tournament, its also the day for individual performances to be rewarded. While the men can compete in the crowd-pleasing slam dunk contest, don’t be surprised if some sharp-shooting from the ladies in the shoot out steals the show.

 

 

On Sunday, the action turns to the crowning of the kings and queens of 3x3 university team competition with Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals all taking place. For the teams to make the finals, its both a sprint and a marathon to hoisting the winner’s trophy.

 

Entertaining the crowd with their knowledge of 3x3 basketball and the beat of the game is the duo of MC Knowalazarus and the DJ Flavamatikz

FINAL POOL PLAY RESULTS — WOMEN’s CATEGORY

Women's results for the pool play, with top two teams moving on to the quarterfinals on Sunday. The bottom two teams play Saturday in the Last 16 ranking games.

FINAL POOL PLAY RESULTS — MEN’s CATEGORY

Men's results for the pool play, with top two teams moving on to the quarterfinals on Sunday. The bottom two teams play Saturday in the Last 16 ranking games.

 

 

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