(Photo: FIBA 3X3 World Tour)
New York, New York – Canada had three teams represented at the FIBA 3X3 World Tour Master competition this weekend in New York City.Edmonton made it to the semi-finals, which secured the team a berth into the FIBA 3X3 World Tour Final in Miami. Toronto and Montreal also made it to the quarter-finals, but were knocked-out.
In the FIBA 3X3 World Tour Master competition, the Edmonton team comprised of Jordan Baker, Dom Coward, Jarred Ogungbomi and Joel Frisen finished with an overall record of 4-2. Edmonton opened up the tournament with back-to-back wins over Orlando, 21-11 and NY Bronx,14-10. Edmonton then lost to the eventual group winners San Juan, 12-16 and closed up the group stage with a 21-8 victory over Dallas. In the knock-out round, Edmonton drew Philadelphia and was able to punch their ticket to Miami with a 21-12 victory. Edmonton faced Denver in the semi-finals and lost a close game, 20-18. Denver went on to win the tournament over San Juan, 19-17.
Montreal finished the group stage with a 3-1 record, which gave them the opportunity to play Moscow in the quarter-finals. In the quarters, Moscow squeaked by Montreal 15-13.
Toronto had a 2-2 record after group stage, which was good enough to play in the quarter-finals against Denver. Denver narrowly got by Toronto, 21-19.
The 3X3 World Tour Final will take place on September 22 and 23. The tournament will feature 12 teams from across the world. The 12 participating teams are divided into two groups of six teams and play in a round-robin first round against their respective group opponents. The top four teams from each group progress to the quarter-finals where the tournament continues in a standard knock-out format.
The World Tour events will also extend beyond the games of the tournament. The participating players will take part in individual skills challenges and top street artists and DJs will make appearances. In keeping with FIBA's 3x3 For Everyone philosophy, spectators, basketball fans and passers-by will be able to take part in so-called mass participation 3x3 games and tournaments.
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 basketball is inspired by several forms of street ball played worldwide. Endorsed by FIBA, the games see two teams of three players facing off on a standard half-court. The style was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore.
For additional information regarding the World Tour, please visit FIBA 3X3 World Tour website, here.