Blaze success in professional FIBA 3X3, Future of Youth 3X3 Announced, Bank Shot 3X3 announced…phew what a weekend for Scottish 3×3 Hoops!
Boroughmuir Blaze have been a top of the Scottish Basketball rankings for what has seemed to be forever. With historic entries into Europe, numerous Scotland and Great Britain representatives, Blaze have found a new venture. 3 on 3 basketball.
Inspired by team mate Chris Arizam, a regular in the FIBA 3X3 circuit, Eoghann Dover and Co. rallied a team together to enter the Hanseatic Streetball Championship, in Hamburg, Germany.
A formidable four of Dover, John Browne, Matt Kruczynski and Yannick Onifade were put into a group featuring former pro and current semi-pro ballers. Teams from Barcelona, Africa and Germany, the Scottish side topped their group with a dominant win over “Sanity” a closeout game over “Team Afrika” – who they’d eventually meet again in the final and secured their unbeaten group run as Dover nailed a buzzer beater 3 to take the W over Barcelona.
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Had a lot of fun over the weekend visiting Hamburg, Germany and taking part in Hanseatic Street all Championship. The games were tough but we managed to first 1st in our group, then make it to the final where we unfortunately fell short of our 1st place goal. To be able to come home with the 2nd place medal still feels good for our first Fiba 3×3 outing, there will be many more to come in the future. ✌🏾 📸: @patrickwillner_willner.photo • • • • • • #Fiba3x3 #Fiba #3×3 #Streetball #Championship #Basketball #BmuirBlaze #Blaze #BlazeBasketball #Hamburg #Germany
Top place in each group secured a bye-round through the last 16 and took a pair of 10-8 wins in the Quarter-Final and Semi Final. A rematch with Team Afrika, they narrowly lost out on top spot by team foul issues and lost 14-10.
Speaking on their amazing second place achievement, Eoghann Dover said;
“I think 3×3 it is a great concept and really exciting and it’s starting to really take off around the world, it’s really accessible and anyone can sign up and go for it on the FIBA 3×3 website. They don’t need a club or anything they can just go and play and maybe see a bit more of the world and learn how other countries play basketball. I would encourage all the young players in Scotland to try 3×3 because it’s a great opportunity to progress their own games and have a lot of fun. I hope Scotland can take on 3×3 as part of our basketball culture and keep up with the game as it grows, I think it would be great to get more young Scots playing 3×3 especially since the next commonwealth games will be in this format.”
‘We Play’ 3X3
Their achievements came the week prior to GB Basketball’s partnership with the FIBA Youth Development Fund that saw former GB Captain Kieron Achara lead on the roll out of 3X3 Basketball to youth players.
Hosted in partnership with Sony Centre Falkirk and BasketballScotland, the initiative launches the new direction and focus of 3X3 basketball around the country. As we get ready for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, it sees 3X3 Basketball included for the first time, as well as featuring in the Tokyo Olympics. A chance for Scotland, and GB, to try and dominate – if we get the work in early.
FIBA 3X3 is dominated by smaller countries on the world stage, this poses as a great opportunity for a small country such as Scotland compete at the highest level.
Achara spoke on the success of the Sony Centre 3X3 Challenge,
“The FIBA Youth Development Fund has brought us this great initiative that really just lets people take up the game, just to find opportunities to play.”
“We’re obviously always thinking about the future, and grassroots is at the heart of that. So with this, at an Under 14 level, just lets kids enjoy the game again and realise that there is more to basketball than 5 on 5, there’s now 3 v 3, it’s now an Olympic sport, it’s going to be at the Commonwealth Games in 2022, it is going to be a big part of basketball. But, it really is a great tool to help kids develop, its less structured, more opportunities to shoot, its faster, quicker decisions. The future is very bright and we hope to continue with the Youth Development Fund and start growing the game even more and introducing more competition.”
The development should be able to raise the level of Scottish Basketball across the board, with 3X3 at the heart of it.
How to get involved
The Church of Hoops and First Place UK announced last week that we will be hosting Scotland’s first ever 3X3 series. With open runs in Glasgow and Edinburgh and two competitive tournaments at the famous Victoria Park, it is sure to be an exciting event.
You must be 16 or over to play and you can sign up here.