2014 USA Men’s And Women’s 3x3 World Championship Teams Advance To Round Of 16
Colorado Springs, Colorado • June 6, 2014
• Additional Quotes (Burdick & Darrow)
The USA Women’s (5-0) and Men’s (2-3) 3x3 World Championship Teams advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 at the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, after the U.S. women earned the No. 1 seed out of Pool D on Friday and the U.S. men finished preliminary-round play as the No. 4 seed out of Pool A.
The USA women beat Ukraine (1-4) 21-10, Spain (4-1) 16-6 and Argentina (3-2) 21-11 to remain undefeated and will play Uruguay (1-4), the No. 4 seed out of Pool A, at 4:40 p.m. (8:40 a.m. EDT) on June 7.
“I think our goal is to win every ball game, and we have done that, but we realize that it’s zero-zero tomorrow – new slate, new competition, so we just have to come out with the right mindset and get ready to take care of business tomorrow,” said U.S. player Cierra Burdick (Tennessee/Charlotte, N.C.). “We watched film earlier this morning, we went over some of our sets, and I think that helped. Our play is getting crisper and crisper as the days go by. We know as we get into the crunch time of tomorrow and Sunday, we are going to be seeing better competition, so we have to be clicking on all cylinders.”
The USA men, who lost down-to-the-wire games against Poland (4-1) 20-18 and Tunisia (4-1) 21-20, will play Serbia (4-1), the No. 1 seed out of Pool D, at 3:20 p.m. (7:20 a.m. EDT) on June 7.
The U.S. men’s game against Serbia, and all games played on Court 1, will be streamed live online at YouTube.com/3x3planet.
“I think some of the adversity that we encountered and some of the plays that we gave up will make us a lot better,” said U.S. player Mack Darrow (Newport, Calif.). “On three or four plays, we weren’t clicking and that is enough to turn the game against you. That’s part of three-on-three; it’s a short game, so you really have to have a short-term memory and move onto the next play right away.
“I think the situational stuff that we saw, really will make us better,” Darrow continued. “Just being in those close games and learning. It’s tough to lose and learn, but to still be going to the knockout round, I think it will help us.”
The top four teams in each pool advanced to the knockout phase, which begins with the round of 16 on June 7, followed by the quarterfinals later that evening. The semifinals and finals will be contested on June 8.
In addition to Darrow, the USA men’s team includes: Demetrius Miller (Flint, Mich.), Craig Moore (New York, N.Y.) and Jitim Young (Chicago, Ill.).
Joining Burdick on the USA women’s team are: Sara Hammond (Louisville/Mt. Vernon, Ky.), Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame/Lincolnwood, Ill.) and Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina/Charlotte, N.C.).
The 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship features 24 men’s teams and 24 women’s teams, and is just the second edition of the biennial event. In addition to the men’s and women’s 3x3 tournaments, included in the 2014 3x3 World Championship program will be a skills contest for women, a dunk contest for men, men’s and women’s shoot-out contests, and men’s and women’s free throw pursuits.
Entered into the dunk contest is Miller; Burdick, Mitchell, Moore and Young will compete in the men’s and women’s shoot-out contests; Darrow and Hammond will vie for gold in the men’s and women’s free throw pursuits, while Loyd will compete in the skills contest. The qualification process will take place on Saturday, while the medal finals will be held on Sunday afternoon.
In addition to the USA Basketball 3x3 squad, nations competing for the men’s 2014 3x3 World Championship gold medal are: Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, host Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela; while in addition to the USA team, the women’s field includes Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, host Russia, Spain, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda and Uruguay.
At the inaugural 2012 FIBA 3x3 World Championship that was held in Athens, Greece, the USA women’s team, featuring Skylar Diggins, Bria Hartley, Chiney Ogwumike and Ann Strother, captured the gold medal with a perfect 9-0 record, France took silver and Australia earned the bronze medal. The USA men’s team, featuring Adetayo Adesanya, Ira Brown, Tyree Hardge and Allen DuBois Williams finished with a 7-2 record and in seventh place. Earning the men’s gold was Serbia, while France collected silver and Ukraine went home with the bronze medal.
In the skills competition, Adesanya collected a silver medal in the dunk contest, while Diggins claimed silver in the skills challenge.
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