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    Quote Originally Posted by JGX View Post
    From what I've seen there are no dominant teams and any of the final eight could qualify for the Olympics.
    Well Latvia has looked very consistent and very good so far:

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    Latvia (Men)
    The chemistry is so real with these guys, we're putting them up for a Nobel Prize. There's not a weak link on this team, and there's no squad in the world that wants to face them in their current form. They head into the quarterfinals where they'll face Lithuania, a familiar foe.
    I'm hoping the Latvians stumble tomorrow but....


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    Quote Originally Posted by JGX View Post
    Women's quarterfinals:

    Japan-Switzerland
    Hungary-France
    USA-Belarus
    Spain-Australia

    Switzerland beat the US at the tournament in France last week, would be nice to see them make it.
    Speaking of the women, what are the Frenchwomen doing speaking English in the huddle? Very curious indeed for the French.


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    Ahhhhh, damn.

    Latvia 21 Lithuania 19

    I was prepared to be disappointed ever since Ignas Vaitkus went down with a broken foot last Saturday and I realized that Lithuania had a dreadful draw. Unfortunately things transpired exactly as I feared. Very disappointing.

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    US men lose to Netherlands in the quarterfinal. Hummel had a mediocre tournament after dominating at the 2019 WC.

    France and US get the first two women's spots, France with a last-second win over Japan.
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    refs in games of Spain walks with literally poop in his pants afraid of the Spanish players

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGX View Post
    US men lose to Netherlands in the quarterfinal. Hummel had a mediocre tournament after dominating at the 2019 WC.
    It's also ironic that it was Joey King, the last minute replacement for Canyon Barry, who ended up being the most valuable member of the U.S. team.


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    Poland, Netherlands, and Latvia take the three men's spots. The US will have some representation with Michael Hicks who has been a linchpin of the Polish 3x3 team for a long time.

    Japan beat Spain 20-18 in overtime for the third women's spot, after trailing 18-14 late in regulation. Happy for them since they should have been given a spot in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JGX View Post
    Poland, Netherlands, and Latvia take the three men's spots.
    What's ironic is that both Poland and the Netherlands were completely lackluster on the first day of the tournament. Poland had an unimpressive 17-15 victory over the Czech Republic and then lost to Mongolia 22-18. Meanwhile the Netherlands lost 21-17 to Latvia and then 17-15 to Canada. I wonder if their opponents therefore took them too lightly in the playoffs.

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    The US will have some representation with Michael Hicks who has been a linchpin of the Polish 3x3 team for a long time.
    Does Michael Hicks have a Polish mother? Or has he settled down to live in Poland and is taking out Polish citizenship?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hepcat View Post
    What's ironic is that both Poland and the Netherlands were completely lackluster on the first day of the tournament. Poland had an unimpressive 17-15 victory over the Czech Republic and then lost to Mongolia 22-18. Meanwhile the Netherlands lost 21-17 to Latvia and then 17-15 to Canada. I wonder if their opponents therefore took them too lightly in the playoffs.
    I think men's 3x3 just has a lot of evenly matched teams and the results on any specific day are a coin toss. Both Poland and the Netherlands (and their associated World Tour teams) have had good results in the past.

    Does Michael Hicks have a Polish mother? Or has he settled down to live in Poland and is taking out Polish citizenship?
    He's played in Poland since 2010. Solid Polglish interview here:
    https://sport.tvp.pl/54101711/koszyk...mam-chce-zlota
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    refs in games of Spain walks with literally poop in his pants afraid of the Spanish players

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGX View Post
    He's played in Poland since 2010. Solid Polglish interview here:

    https://sport.tvp.pl/54101711/koszyk...mam-chce-zlota
    Well he certainly sounds Polish enough!


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    Belgium men and Italy women take the final Olympic spots at this weekend's "Universality" tournament, with hosts Hungary coming up short in both decisive games. Belgium needed a last-second two to beat Mongolia in the semifinals, while 2018 World Cup MVP (and FIBA 3x3 anthem composer) Rae Lin D'Alie hit a late shot to put the Italian women in the Olympics.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fedfan
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    The Belgians were easily the class on the Men's side of the Tournament winning all of their games:

    Universal Qualifying Tournament Scores

    Belgium 19 Ukraine 14
    Belgium 20 Slovenia 18
    Belgium 16 Mongolia 15 (SF)
    Belgium 21 Hungary 14 (F)

    The same Antwerp team of Rafael Bogaerts, Nick Celis, Thierry Marien and Thibaut Vervoort lost out in the QFs of the Pro Category in Stop 1 of the Lithuanian Championships in Garliava on May 2nd and variants of that Antwerp team didn't do any better in the next two weeks:

    Lithuanian 3x3 Championships

    But they clearly used it all as a learning experience ("If we have to lose somewhere we might as well do it here.") because they were excellent in the Graz Qualifying Tournament last week. They finished in a three way tie with the United States and Lithuania in the Group stage with a 3-1 record but narrowly failed to advance on the basis of a crummy tie breaker.

    So I'm glad for Belgium. They merited another chance after the Graz Tournament.

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    Here's an article dated May 29th describing Team Canada's performance at the 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Graz two weeks ago:

    Basketball Canada - 29 May 2021

    Unfortunately, that's about it for Team Canada in the foreseeable future. I don't see any Americas 3x3 tournaments scheduled for later in the year.

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    Incidentally these are the teams that have gained participation in the Women's Olympic 3x3 event:

    Qualified on Basis of 2019 Federation Ranking

    Russia
    China
    Mongolia
    Romania


    Qualified at Graz Tournament

    United States
    France
    Japan


    Qualified at Debrecen Universality Tournament

    Italy


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    Posted this in the other forum but since this is going to be an Olympic event...controversy in the Dutch camp as Julian Jaring, who was the top scorer in the qualifying game against the US, was left off the team in favor of Canadian-born Ross Bekkering, who is expected to provide more offensive punch. Jaring went to court to try to get on the team but was denied:
    https://www.nu.nl/sport-overig/61451...-selectie.html
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    Katie Lou Samuelson out of US team due to "health and safety protocol", replaced by Jackie Young:

    https://www.usab.com/news-events/new...ter-young.aspx

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