|11 May 2012|
FIBA EUROPE 3ON3
The Spanish 3on3 University Championship is in full swing in the city of Leon, in Spain.
Game action begun on Thursday morning and by the end of the first day the more than 2,000 Leon residents and tourists that decided to take a stroll along Reyes Leoneses avenue were introduced to the latest basketball discipline in the best possible way.
|Very little time to catch a breath between games for the players of the 13 women's teams|
In all, 30 teams and 120 players were involved in the 111 group games that took place during Day 1 of the championship across all eight FIBA Europe 3on3 courts.
Participation from female players was particularly impressive, with 13 women's teams next to the men's 17.
With such a hectic schedule, it was almost 11 o'clock at night when the last games of the day concluded, and the fans gathered at the main court for a special treat.
|These university students can sure jump!|
It was time for the university students to showcase their individual talents in the 3-point and dunk contests, under the floodlights the FIBA Europe crew had installed the day before to allow the competition to go on after sunset.
Elisabet Vivas of the University of La Laguna was the winner of the women's three-point contest while Javier Juan, of the University of Valladolid, prevailed in the men's contest.
Alejandro Gomez-Arrones of the University of Murcia wowed crowd and judges and was named the winner of the dunk contest.
|Fans watched 111 group games on Day 1 - Final Round games are on Friday|
Vivas of course is no stranger to fans who follow the European Youth Championships.
The 20-year-old guard from Tenerife is a Spanish U16 and U18 international and could well be on the U20 team that will compete for a medal at the European Championship in Hungary later this summer.
She was not the only Spanish international to take part in the women's competition, as Elena Espiau was on the University of Barcelona team.
The 22-year-old Espiau conquered back-to-back titles with Spain at the U16 European Championship (in 2005 and 2006) and later won a silver medal with the U20 national team, in 2010.
Friday, the second and final day of the University Championship, is reserved for the Final Rounds.
All titles will have been decided by late afternoon and in the evening spectators will be invited to play on the courts and get an even closer taste of the 3on3 experience.
Whoever does not get the opportunity to join in the fun on Friday night though, will still have the chance to play in the FIBA Europe Open Championship throughout the weekend.