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1 PARTICIPATING TEAMS FOR THE FIBA 3X3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

For all street basketball enthusiast, 3x3 basketball on the FIBA Schedule is categorized into Pro Circuit (Clubs) and Championships (National Teams). The highest tournament for these categories are the 3x3 World Tour and the 3x3 World Championship respectively.


The 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championship which is the 3rd edition of the tournament is scheduled to hold in Guangzhou, China, just outside the Tianhe Sport Complex with a view on the iconic 600-metre tall Canton Tower next week from Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 October. This is the first time the competition travels to Asia after being staged in Athens, Greece in 2012 and Moscow, Russia in 2014.


The World Championship – a combination of both male and female – will feature 40 teams (20 men`s and 20 women`s) from 28 different countries and every continent. Asides the defending champions – USA (women) and Qatar (men) – and the host nation China who all qualify automatically, the other participating teams qualify based on the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking of each National Federation. Egypt is the only participating team from Africa and they will feature in the men’s event. Africa will not be represented in the women’s event. 


Egypt will play alongside Indonesia, Andorra, Slovenia and Uruguay in Pool B. Egypt feature in the maiden edition of the World Championship in 2012 in Athens, Greece. Their journey ended in the Round of 16 as they were defeated by host Greece (15-12). They were not seeded for Russia 2014. Tunisia represented Africa at the 2014 event and also ended their campaign and the round of 16. 


 

Unites States’ women won both in Greece and Russia. Image - FIBA


In the men`s ranking, Nigeria is ranked 80th below Egypt, Tunisia, Mali, Angola and Ghana while we are not on the women’s ranking. According to the FIBA 3x3 Ranking System, a nation’s ranking is dependent on the number of registered 3x3 players and their accumulated points among other things. For Nigeria to participate in 3x3 Global Tournament, we need more 3x3 players, more 3x3 tournaments.

The Lagos 3x3 Tour tips off in 30 days and registration closes in 10 days. You have the opportunity to put your name on the world 3x3 ranking. Go register now.

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8 LAGOS 3X3 TOUR

In July last year, the BballNaija Newsletter focused on 3x3 Basketball andFIBA’s effort in promoting this form of basketball all over the world. 3x3 basketball combines fun and flexibility; and it provides a platform for players to go from the street to world stage.

Many 3x3 Quest, Challenger and Tours are being organised across the world. Qatar and France recently won the 2016 FIBA3x3 U18 World Championship (Male and Female) respectively. The 2016 FIBA3x3 World Championships will take place in Guangzhou, China in October.

Nigeria will not be left behind in 3x3 basketball.

Be a part of the Lagos 3x3 Tour coming up in November by registering onwww.streetball.com.ng The Lagos 3x3 Tour is open to both male and female between the ages of 18 and 35; and will take place in 4 different locations across Lagos – Ilupeju, Yaba, Ikeja and Ikoyi.


You have the opportunity to put your name on the world 3x3 ranking. Let the games begin. #Lagos3x3Tour

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9 THE 2016 DIVISION 2 CHAMPIONSHIP

The Division 2 Championship is the second-tier basketball competition in Nigeria. It is one of the routes of getting into the Premier Basketball League as the winners of both the Atlantic and Savannah teams will be promoted to Division 1.

The 2016 edition will tip off at the Indoor Hall of the National Stadium Abuja on Friday 30 September 2016. 

The participating teams include – Raptors Academy, Gilali Academy, Impression Basketball Academy, Pearls Academy, Suleja Hornets, Gboko City Chiefs, Solid Heat Nasarawa, Ogun Pacers, Titan Stars, Jigawa Rocks, Harmony Blazers, Sharp Shooter, Jewels Bulls and Divine Favour.

All the best to the participating teams. 

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10 THE ADAMARK 3X3 COMPETITION

The 2016 Edition of the 3x3 Hoops for Women organised by the AdaMark Foundation for Girls is set to tip off on Saturday 12 November 2016 at the Package B, Outdoor Basketball Court of the National Stadium, Abuja.

Each registered team is expected to have 3 female and 1 male in the team. Registration is N10,000 per team and more than N300,000 is available as prize money. 

For travelling teams, accommodation is free. Contact 08026165966 or adamarkf4g@gmail.com

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11 NNEKA OGWUMIKE WINS HER FIRST MVP AWARD, MAKES IT NUMBER 3 FOR LOS ANGELES SPARKS

Nneka Ogwumike wins her first MVP Award, makes it number 3 for Los Angeles Sparks. 

Nneka (362 points) received 31 of 39 first-place votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters, finishing above Tina Charles of the New York Liberty, Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx, Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky and teammate Candace Parker.

Nneka is a three-time WNBA All-Star and 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year. She was named Western Conference Player of the Week six times and Western Conference Player of the Month this season.

She shot a WNBA-best 66.5% from the field this season, the second-highest mark of all time, and set league records for consecutive field goals made (23) and most field goals in a game without a miss (12, against the Dallas Wings on June 11).  She also ranked third in the league in scoring (career-high 19.7 ppg) and rebounding (career-high 9.1 rpg) and recorded the second-most double-doubles (18).  

The former Stanford University standout added career highs in assists (3.1 apg) and blocks (1.2 bpg) to go with 1.3 steals in 33 games.

She truly is an MVP. 

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12 DENVER NUGGETS TO RETIRE FORMER LEGEND DIKEMBE MUTOUMBO’S NO 55 JERSEY

As announced by the President and Governor of the Denver Nuggets basketball franchise, Josh Kroenke, the team will retire former legend Dikembe Mutombo’s #55 jersey on Saturday Oct 29 2016, the opening night of the 2016/17 NBA Season. He will become the fifth player and sixth representative in team history to have his number enshrined in the rafters

Dikembe was drafted fourth overall by Denver Nuggets in the 1991 NBA Draft and he played with Nuggets from then till 1996 when he left for Atlanta Hawks as a free agent.  As a member of the Nuggets, he was a three-time NBA All-Star (‘92, ’95 and ’96), three-time NBA blocked shots leader (‘93-94, ’94-95, ’95-96), named Defensive Player of the Year in ‘94-95 and was instrumental in helping the Nuggets become the first eighth-seeded team to defeat a number one seed in NBA Playoff history. 

Mutombo still remains the Nuggets all-time leader in blocked shots (1,486)

Dikembe’s humanitarian projects makes him as popular off the court as he was on the court. He created the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation in 1997, opened the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007 and has been one of the leaders of the Basketball Without Borders program in Africa for over 15 years.

Dikembe Mutombo was made an NBA Global Ambassador in 2009 and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2015.

Congratulations Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo, the true son of Congo

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13 ANAMBRA FLAMES, POLICE BATON WIN BIG ON OPENING DAY

Division 1 debutant - Anambra Flames - started on a very good note, scoring the most points on day 1. They won their first game against Nigeria AirForce (NAF) Rockets 76 - 42.

Newly promoted Nigerian Army basketball team started well yesterday with a slim victory over the Dashion Mambas. The game ended 54 - 53.

The Osun State (OS) Lions`s first game did not go as they planned. They were defeated with 18points by Police Baton. Final scores was 39 - 57.

Tough luck for Ondo Raiders as they fell to Hoops & Read 51 - 58

Other results from Day 1 of the Division 1 Championship are;

Yobe Desert 20 - 0 Zamfara Shooters (Walkover)

Civil Defense 56 - 48 Abuja All Stars

Police Bombers 70 - 62 Raptors Academy