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11 September 2011, 19:34
Spain girls & New Zealand boys first ever
3x3 World Champions

New Zealand outlast Bulgaria in Boys Final

Isaac Fotu drove baseline and scored the winning basket in the dying seconds as New Zealand edged out Bulgaria 19-18 in the Boys Final at the 3x3 Youth World Championship.

New Zealand had the upper hand for much of the first half and early part of the second, going up 12-8 at one point.

However, Bulgaria fought back, thanks to the clutch shooting of Tencho Tenchev, who earlier in the day won the Boys Shootout.

Tenchev connected from beyond the arc time and time again as the Bulgarians tied the game at 14 all.

There was little to separate both sides as the game went into the closing minutes and they were deadlocked at 18-18.

With seven seconds to go, New Zealand went to Fotu and he did not disappoint, driving down the right side of the basket and scoring inside for the final score.

New Zealand and Bulgaria were joined on the podium by tournament hosts Italy, who saw off Estonia 21-13 in the bronze medal game.

Spain claim 3x3 Girls gold

Spain beat hosts Italy 16-15 to take the title of champions in the Girls category at the first-ever 3x3 Youth World Championship.

The game was close throughout with the Spaniards getting the deciding go-ahead basket in the final minute and the Italians could not get a good shot off in the closing moments.

Despite that, the hosts took a well-deserved silver medal.

The two teams were joined on the podium by Japan, who were awarded bronze after shorthanded USA forfeited USA forfeited the third-place game.


11 September 2011, 19:00
Individual competitions round-up

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

Dunk Contest
Dyshwan Pierre won the Dunk Contest thanks to an impressive display which included a powerful windmill dunk.

As a reward for his breathtaking aerial display, the Canadian highflyer took home the gold medal and the prize given to every winner of an individual competition, a top-of-the-line Samsung smart phone.

Second place went to Dalibor Fait of Czech Republic, with Bulgaria's Alex Simeonov and Denmark's Alexander Birketoft sharing third place.

1 Dyshwan Pierre (Canada)
2 Dalibor Fait (Czech Republic)
3= Alex Simeonov (Bulgaria)
3= Alexander Birketoft (Denmark)

Boys Shootout
Tencho Tenchev of Bulgaria found his stroke from beyond the arc to win the Boys Shootout.

Tenchev made seven of 10 three-pointers in the First Round and then went six of 10 to beat Guam's Jarred Meno.

Rait Laane of Estonia and India's Loveneet Singh tied for third place.

1 Tencho Tenchev (Bulgaria)
2 Jarred Meno (Guam)
3= Rait Laane (Estonia)
3= Loveneet Singh (India)
Girls Shootout
Vasiliki Tarla of Greece beat Zhanna Byazrova in the final of the Girls Shootout to take home with her a gold medal.

Australia's Olivia Thompson and Sanduni Lokuk Perera of Sri Lanka each finished with a bronze medal.

1 Vasiliki Tarla (Greece)
2 Zhanna Byazrova (Russia)
3= Olivia Thompson (Australia)
3= Sanduni Lokuk Perera (Sri Lanka)

Skills Challenge
Turkey's Pelinberya Bilgic was quickest and most accurate as she took the title in the final of the Skills Challenge.

Sarka Jozova of Czech Republic took second place, while China's Hung Yang Cui and Tunisian Tangour Nourhaine tied for third place.

1 Pelinberya Bilgic (Turkey)
2 Sarka Jozova (Czech Republic)
3= Hong Yang Cui (China)
3= Tangour Nourhaine (Tunisia)


11 September 2011, 17:00
New Zealand end Italy's run,
Bulgaria complete Boys Final line-up

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

New Zealand's boys overcame a slow start to edge out hosts Italy 18-17 in a closely contested Boys Semi-Final.

The defeat for the home side was their first after 10 in a row.

The Azzuri were quickest out of the blocks as they scored the first six points of the game, but New Zealand tightened up on defense and used of accurate three-point shooting to make a close game of it.

Foul trouble became an issue for Italy's big guys and their opponents made sure to exploit that, scoring inside and getting the winning basket in the paint.

Estonia suffered their first defeat of the Boys Tournament as they lost to Bulgaria in the second Semi-Final.

In a low-scoring and tense battle, the Bulgarians squeezed out a 13-12 win to reach the title game where New Zealand await.

The Final will take place at 19:00.

The Girls Final between Spain and Italy will tip off at 18:30.

You can watch both games live and for free on FIBATV by going here.


11 September 2011, 14:50
Italy's girls edge out brave USA

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

Italy's girls edge out brave USA

Italy needed overtime to beat two-girl USA 21-19 as the second Girls Semi-Final was completed in front of a large audience.

The USA were down to two players after Rebecca Greenwell suffered a knee injury in the early stages of the game. That combined with the unavailability of Taya Reimer who sprained her ankle on the first day of the competition left them with Kaela Davis and Linnae Harper as the only ones able to go.

Despite playing two against three, the USA more than held their own, going up 12-9 in front thanks in part to some great outside shooting by Davis.

However, the host nation rallied back to tie the game by the end of regulation and were able to get the two-point margin needed to secure victory in the overtime.

Italy will face Spain in the Girls Final at 18:30, while the USA take on Japan in the third place game at 18:00.

The Boys Semi-Finals are currently underway, with Italy taking on New Zealand.

The second Semi-Final tips off at 16:30 and pits Estonia against Bulgaria.


11 September 2011, 14:50
Spain edge out Japan to reach Final

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

Spain came from behind to edge out Japan 21-20 and advance to the Girls Final and are now waiting to find out who their opponent in the title game will be.

Their wait will be a bit longer than expected as the game between Italy and the USA has not yet been completed and is due to resume at 15:30.

The second Semi-Final was delayed after Rebecca Greenwell got injured, leaving the USA with just two players available.

The Americans had lost Taya Reimer earlier in the competition after she suffered a sprained ankle.

Before the game is allowed to resume, the organisers will have to determine if either Greenwell or Reimer is fit enough to play, giving the USA three players.

If neither is deemed able to go, the USA will have the choice to play with their remaining two players - Kalea Davis and Linnae Harper - or to forfeit.


11 September 2011, 13:40
Even with high stakes, players stay relaxed

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

Sunday is the day where it's all on the line for all of the 60 teams at the 3X3 Youth World Championship.

All players are trying to make sure they finish the tournament on a positive note, whether it's winning a medal or getting that one big win.

Despite what's at stake in every game, the players are staying relaxed, enjoying themselves and savouring the moment.

It's no surprise to see a lot of beaming smiles, players sharing jokes and generally having a good time.


11 September 2011, 13:30
Estonia and Italy still unbeaten, reach Semis

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

Estonia and Italy each improved to 10-0 as they reached the Semi-Finals of the Boys Tournament.

Estonia beat the USA 21-12 while the hosts Italians despatched the Canadians 17-9.

Here are the full Boys Quarter-Finals results:
Italy bt Canada 17-9
New Zealand bt Serbia 20-16
Bulgaria bt Russia 21-16
Estonia bt USA 21-12

The Semi-Finals will be at 16:00 and 16:30 local/CET time (14:30 GMT):
Italy v New Zealand
Bulgaria v Estonia
In the girls competition, Sweden edged out Canada 13-12 while Australia beat Czech Republic 19-12 in the Girls' 5-8 place games.

This means the Swedes will face the Aussies in the fifth place game and the Canadians take on the Czechs in the 7th place game.

The Girls Semi-Finals start at 13:30 and will see USA go up against Italy and then Spain go head to head with Japan.


11 September 2011, 11:00
Individual competitions reach climax

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

The winners of the individual competitions will be determined on Sunday.

Each winner will take home a medal as well as a top of the line Samsung smartphone.

Here are the finalists for each competition.

In the case that a competition starts out with Quarter-Finals and/or Semi-Finals, the Final will follow immediately.

Shootout Contest - Girls (14:30 Local/CET; 12:30 GMT)
Quarter-Finals pairings
Olivia Thompson (Australia) v Evgeniya Buykina (Russia)
Rebecca Greenwell (USA) v Vasiliki Tarla (Greece)
Barbora Ondrejkova (Czech Republic) v Sanduni Lokuk Perera (Sri Lanka)
Zhanna Byazrova (Russia) v Yurena Diaz (Spain)

Skills Challenge Final (15:00; 13:00)
Semi-Finals Pairings
Sarka Jozova (Czech Republic) v Hong Yang Cui (China)
Pelinberya Bilgic (Turkey) v Tangour Nourhaine (Tunisia)

Shootout Contest - Boys (15:30 Local/CET; 13:30 GMT)
Quarter-Finals pairings
Loveneet Singh (India) v Alexander Zakharov (Russia)
Omar Abbas (Egypt) v Rait Laane (Estonia)
Sivabalan Gnanasekaran (India) v Tencho Tenchev (Bulgaria)
Shaqquan Aaron (USA) v Jarred Meno (Guam)

Dunk Contest (17:00 Local/CET
Semi-Finals pairings
Dalibor Fait (Czech Republic) v Alex Simeonov (Bulgaria)
Dyshawn Pierre (Canada) v Alexander Birketoft (Denmark)
Free-Throw Contest Final - Mixed (17:30 local/CET; 15:30 GMT)
Eliza Karmiri (Greece)
Marta Montoliu (Spain)
Kaela Davis (USA)
Miriam Uro-Nilie (Ukraine)

Nejc Kavscek (Slovenia)
Alexander Oblak (Austria)
Kaan Korlkmaz (Turkey)
Alexander Birketoft(Denmark)


10 September 2011, 20:21
Boys: Italy and Estonia keep rolling, reach Last Eight

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

Italy and Estonia were joined by Bulgaria, New Zealand, Serbia, Russia, USA and Canada in punching their ticket for the Quarter-Finals of the boys tournament.

Here are the results from Saturday's Eighth-Finals:
Italy bt Jordan 19-16
Estonia bt Greece 21-17
Bulgaria bt Puerto Rico 19-14
New Zealand bt Czech Republic 21-13
Serbia bt Turkey 21-14
Russia bt Spain 21-14
USA bt Latvia 21-15
Canada bt Tunisia 17-11

The Classification Round (places 17-34) results are:
Germany bt Netherlands 21-9
Romania bt Japan 17-12
Syria bt Singapore 21-19
Sri Lanka bt South Africa 21-11
Egypt bt India 19-18
South Korea bt England 21-18
Ukraine bt Austria 11-8
Denmark bt Croatia 16-15
Slovenia bt Qatar 21-11
Guam bt Nepal 19-7

Sunday's Quarter-Finals will take place at 12:30 local/CET time (10:30 GMT):
Italy v Canada
Serbia v New Zealand
Bulgaria v Russia
USA v Estonia

The Classification Games for places 9-16 are also to be played at 12:30 and consist of:
Jordan v Tunisia
Turkey v Czech Republic
Puerto Rico v Spain
Latvia v Greece       


10 September 2011, 17:45
Boys get Knockout Round underway

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

The Eighth-Final Round for the boys is taking place from 17:30 and 18:30 and concludes the day's action.

Here are the match-ups:

Italy v Jordan
Estonia v Greece
Bulgaria v Puerto Rico
New Zealand v Czech Republic
Serbia v Turkey
Russia v Spain
Latvia v USA
Tunisia v Canada


10 September 2011, 17:30
USA, Spain, Italy and Japan in girls semis

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

The girls have just played their Quarter-Finals.

These are the results:
USA bt Czech Republic 25-23
Italy bt Australia 16-15
Spain bt Canada 18-7
Japan bt Sweden 16-9

The two Semi-Finals will take place on Sunday at 13:30 and 14:00 and are as follows:
USA v Italy
Spain v Japan


10 September 2011, 15:14
Girls open knockout round action

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

The girls have just played their Eighth-Finals.

Here are the results:
USA bt India 15-7
Japan bt Germany 21-14
Canada bt Russia 15-13
Italy bt Angola 16-12
Australia bt England 13-8
Spain bt Ukraine 21-10
Sweden bt Turkey 14-10
Czech Republic bt China 19-18

The Quarter-Finals will be played at 16:30 and are as follows
Australia v Italy
USA v Czech Republic
Canada v Spain
Japan v Sweden

Also at 16:30 will be the games for Classification 9-16
India v China
England v Angola
Russia v Ukraine
Germany v Turkey

The boys play their last Round Robin games from 15:50 until 16:30.

The 16 top teams will then dispute the Eighth-Finals at 17:30.


10 September 2011, 14:02
Day 1 Highlights

Take a look back at the best of the action and most memorable moments from the first day of the inaugural 3X3 Youth World Championship.


10 September 2011, 11:30
Things about to heat up on Day 2

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

The second day of the 3X3 Youth World Championship tips off at 12:00 local/CET time (10:00 GMT) in Rimini and it promises to have something for just about everyone!

Friday was action-packed and full of surprises and more of the same is expected on Saturday.

Additionally, there are three highly-anticipated contests that will allow players to showcase their individual skills.

The day begins with the boys and girls team resuming and completing the round robin portion of the tournament.

The majority of those games will be played from 12:00 to 14:00, although the boys will play the very last of those fixtures between 15:50 and 16:30.

The top four teams in each group - both for boys and girls - will advance to the Final Round.

Final Round play will begin on Saturday at 14:00 for the girls and at 17:30 for the boys.

The teams that fail to go through to the Knockout Round will instead play elimination games to be ranked. These games will begin on Saturday afternoon and conclude on Sunday.

The excitement level will soar to new heights at 14:30 when the three individual competitions take centre stage.

There will be a Slam Dunk (boys), a Shootout (boys and girls) and the Skills Challenge (girls).

You can find out more about what each contest entails by going here.

As always, you can follow the action live on FIBATV.


9 September 2011, 23:30
Italy boys perfect, four women's teams unbeaten

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

The first day of play at the 3X3 Youth World Championship has come to a close and it certainly made for some competitive, intense, at times predictable but always entertaining basketball.

In the boys tournament, hosts Italy got off to a perfect start and are undefeated (6-0) following some big wins, including a nail-biting one over Serbia (21-20).

Estonia and Bulgaria both bost 5-0 marks. 

The Estonians had key wins over Puerto Rico (18-17) and Slovenia (21-16).

The Bulgarians had impressive victories over the USA (11-10) and Russia (20-16).

There were some other surprise results on the day, most notably Sri Lanka beating Greece 20-14 and India coming close to shock win of their own, falling to Slovenia 17-16.

Egypt, relying on a team consisting mainly of players that featured at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Latvia, came close against Spain, losing 20-17.

New Zealand, possibly the most physical team in the tournament, suffered their only loss in five games against Latvia.

In the women's competition, Russia, USA, China and Japan all have 100 percent records (4-0).

The Russians had a close call against Australia, edging them out 19-18.

Turkey could have been undefeated if not for a loss at the hands of Angola, but they then did well to beat Spain.

The American women have yet to be seriously challenged, winning three of their four games by double-digits.

The action resumes on Saturday at 12:00 local time (CET) with the final games of the pool stages.

The knockout round gets underway at 14:00 for the girls and at 17:30 for the boys. 


9 September 2011, 22:51
Finalists known for free-throw contest showdown

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

The eight finalists for Sunday's Free-Throw Contest Final were determined on Friday evening.

Four boys and four girls were the last standing on the eight courts at Fieri Di Rimini as they each won their qualifying round.

The eight players will battle one another for a medal and a brand new Samsung smart phone in Sunday's final at 17:30 local time (CET).

The finalists beat out 232 opponents as all 240 players competing in the 3X3 Youth World Championship took part in this individual competition.

The finalists are - GIRLS: Eliza Karmiri (Greece); Marta Montoliu (Spain); Kaela Davis (USA); Miriam Uro-Nilie (Ukraine).
BOYS: Nejc Kavscek (Slovenia); Alexander Oblak (Austria); Kaan Korlkmaz (Turkey); Alexander Birketoft (Denmark).


9 September 2011, 15:00
Action-packed first day!

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

There's so much going on right now in Rimini, it's hard to keep track of everything!

The games are very competitive, the atmosphere is electric and it makes up for a great opening day.

Here are a few things that we thought we'd share with you:

- Ukraine's boys team is in Rimini without their luggage, but that hasn't stopped them from playing. They borrowed sneakers from Russia (nice show of sportsmanship right there, well done Russia) and pushed Greece close, losing only 17-15 in their tournament opener.

- One team that did get the better of the Greeks early on was Sri Lanka, winning 20-14. Impressive win.

- For those of you that followed the FIBA U19 World Championships earlier this summer, you'll see some familiar faces. Egypt's boys teams consists entirely of players who were in Latvia. Some women's teams meanwhile - Italy and Spain among others - have one or more players from the tournament in Chile.

- Latvia's boys team is one of a kind: it's made up of streetballers, who aren't part of the national team set-up. They've won their first two games and are a team to reckon with.

Remember, you can follow action from Court 1 for free live on FIBATV.

Just click here


9 September 2011, 12:00
Watch 3X3 for Free on FIBATV

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

The highly-anticipated 3x3 Youth World Championship is about to tip off shortly (at 12:00 local/CET European time) in Rimini.

You can catch live action from Court 1 at the Fiera di Rimini for free by tuning in to www.fibatv.com.

This stream will be on from start to finish over the three days of the competition (Friday-Sunday).

Just go up to FIBATV and you will then have access to the live feed for the duration of the tournament, culminating in Sunday's Finals.

You can find the tournament's schedules - for Boys, Girls and Individual competitions - here.


5 September 2011
The draw is complete, 5 days to go now

2011 3x3 Youth World Championship

The draw for next week's much-anticipated inaugural 3x3 Youth World Championship took place on Sunday in Moscow, during the Moscow Open, one of the biggest European streetball tournaments.

The draw divided 36 boys teams into four pools of nine and 24 girls teams into four pools of four.

The tournament begins in a round robin format - to be held on Friday 9 and Saturday 10  September - with the knockout round/elimination phase taking place on the Saturday (after 2pm) and Sunday 11 September.

The first-ever 3x3 Youth World Championship takes place in the Italian seaside resort of Rimini, which offers the Adriatic Sea as a beautiful scenery/backdrop.

Here are the results of the draw.


Pool A: Tunisia; India; Greece; Estonia; Ukraine; Puerto Rico; Sri Lanka; South Korea; Slovenia
Pool B: Austria; Jordan; Serbia; Singapore; Syria; Spain; Qatar; Italy; Egypt
Pool C: England; Japan; Canada; Romania; New Zealand; Turkey; Nepal; Latvia; Germany
Pool D: Netherlands; Czech Republic; USA; South Africa; Bulgaria; Croatia; Guam; Russia; Denmark


Pool A: Greece; Tunisia; Russia; Australia; Canada; England
Pool B: Jordan; Angola; Czech Republic; Turkey; Spain; Netherlands
Pool C: Sri Lanka; India; Sweden; Italy; USA; Guam
Pool D: Germany; Austria; Japan; Ukraine; China; Syria

You can see the Boys competition schedule here and the one for the Girls here.

Remember, there will also be a series of individual competitions to test out players in various contests - free-throw, shootout, skills and dunks!


1 September 2011
Rimini, are you ready?

In a week's time, 3x3 ballers from all around the world will come together in the Italian seaside resort of Rimini for the 1st Invitational 3x3 Youth World Championship!

Sixty teams - 36 in the boys category and 24 in the girls category - consisting of players aged 18 and under are guaranteed to have a memorable weekend.

The 1st Invitational 3x3 Youth World Championship will have something for everyone - players, fans, locals!

As well as guaranteed great action on the court, off of it, there will be the chance to meet new people and enjoy the scenery of the Adriatic Sea.

Before the 3x3 takes Rimini by storm for three days - Friday 9 to Sunday 11 September - there is the small matter of figuring out the groups.

The draw for the 1st Invitational 3x3 Youth World Championship will take place this Sunday, 4 September, during the world-famous Moscow Open, one of the biggest European streetball tournaments, and one which FIBA will look to link into 3x3 in the future.

The Moscow Open is a highlight of the streetball season and features the very best teams around the world.

The draw will see teams divided in four groups - of nine teams for the boys, and of six teams for the girls.

The tournament will begin in a round robin format and then continue with a knockout round/elimination phase.

Next blog: right after the draw!

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