GUANGZHOU (2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championships) – USA swept Pool D after 3 days at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championships in Guangzhou, China on 13 October. Tanguy Ngombo (Qatar’s men) showed why he was once drafted in the NBA and Aitana Mediavilla (Spain’s women) made history. Here's our wrap-up.
23 year-old Myke Henry led his team to back-to-back wins before the limit on Thursday (21-12 against Japan and 21-15 against China). The former DePaul standout had a team-high 17 while Alfonzo McKinnie had 8… including 6 dunks! The US team became a crowd favourite but is up for a difficult match-up in the quarter-finals against reigning World Champs Qatar.
Game of the Day: USA 16 – Spain 21 (women) Spain wrote history on Thursday by becoming the first-ever squad to beat the US women’s national team at the 3x3 World Championships. The 1.91m Aitana Mediavilla and sharpshooter Paula Palomares scored 9 points apiece in a do-or-die game for Spain, who had lost against Italy on the opening day. The USA now stand 21-1 in 3x3 World Championships history.
2011 NBA draft pick Tanguy Ngombo carried the reigning champs to the quarter-finals with a mixture of big-boy drives to the basket and sweet touch from the outside. He had 9 points against Russia and 10 including 4 two-pointers against New Zealand. He also had a pair of blocks that could be heard all the way to Hong Kong.
Simply speaking the greatest individual performance of the tournament so far. We already covered Mediavilla’s 9-point performance against USA. The 30-year-old did had a post-move showcase in the game against Japan: she scored twice more than the entire Japanese team and contributed 16 to Spain’s 18 points. Total domination.
Individual Contest: Dunk Contest
They qualified for the final (Saturday 15 October): Marco Favretto (Italy), Dmitry ‘Smoove’ Krivenko (UKR), Alfonzo McKinnie (USA) and Sjoerd Van Vilsteren (Netherlands)
Relive Day 3
Day 4: 2.10-10.00pm onyoutube.com/FIBA3x3 with the return of the impressive French’s women and Slovenia’s men teams.