TEAM SASKATOON SET TO COMPETE AT FIBA 3X3 WORLD TOUR FINAL
TORONTO, ON – One year after losing in the first round of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour finals in Istanbul, Team Saskatoon will once again be joining the world’s elite this weekend in Japan, as they look to improve on last year’s finish.
The World Tour Final is composed of 12 teams that are divided into four divisions, each playing in a round-robin against their respective pool opponents in the preliminary round. The top-two teams in each division will advance to play elimination style rounds beginning with the quarter-finals.
The winning team will receive $20,000 and a ticket to the 2014 FIBA 3x3 All-Stars, held in Doha, Qatar on 12 December, 2014.
Team Saskatoon qualified for the World Tour Final this year after having won the 3x3 Canada Quest tournament and earning the top spot in North America by beating Denver in the finals at the World Tour Chicago Masters in August.
The squad has shaken up their roster from recent years to include returning members Michael Linklater and Michael Lieffers, with the likes of new players, O’Neil Gordon and Willie Murdaugh. They are joined by Team Trbovlje (Slovenia) and Team Kobe (Japan) in pool D and will face-off against each other during the preliminary round.
Michele O’Keefe, Executive Director at Canada Basketball, commended the team on their recent accolades and praised their preparation for the tournament.
“We’re very excited for Team Saskatoon to represent Canada at the 3x3 World Tour in Tokyo,” said O’Keefe. “With the experience of competing at the World Final last year and winning the Chicago stop this summer, we know that Team Saskatoon is poised and prepared for this championship.”
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Playoffs – Elimination Rounds
Full schedule for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour can be found here: http://3x3worldtour.com/pages/eng/fe/14/3x3/tokyo/p/schedule.html