Prague Czechs Out The 3on3 Tour

18 June 2012

FIBA EUROPE 3ON3

The Czechs might be known for their passion for ice hockey and football, but basketball is making big strides in the country, thanks in no small part to the enormous popularity of the 3on3 discipline among the youth.

It came as little surprise then that a crowd of over 8,000 Prague residents and visitors flocked during the weekend to the Letnany commercial complex in the outskirts of the Czech capital to play in or watch games at the 3on3 Tour event.

Participants at the FIBA Europe 3on3 Tour event in Prague, 16 and 17 June 2012
The youth of Prague turned out in huge numbers to enjoy the 3on3 Tour event at the weekend

 

The event co-organisers, FIBA Europe, the Czech Basketball Federation (CBF) and Streetball Mania, had set up eight FIBA Europe 3on3 courts, two Streetball Mania courts and a ‘Funny Basketball' court for small children.

The courts stayed open from 13:00 to 19:00 on Saturday and from 13:00 to 20:00 on Sunday, but it hardly proved enough to satisfy demand.

Jan Vesely at the FIBA Europe 3on3 Tour event in Prague, 16 and 17 June 2012
Jan Vesely showcasing his dunking skills to the delight of the local 3on3-loving crowd

 

Jan Vesely of the Washington Wizards was among the many celebrities in attendance.

The Czech international visited on both days and, succumbing to popular demand, he played in an improvised exhibition game against Saturday's 1on1 champion.

An 1on1 contest was held on both days, as well as the 3-point shoot-out and dunking contests.

Saturday's competition schedule included the Prague Qualifying Tournament, with the top three teams in each category qualifying for Sunday´s National Finals.

Participants at the FIBA Europe 3on3 Tour event in Prague, 16 and 17 June 2012
They came, they played, they conquered - The Prague 3on3 event saw enormous participation from women's teams

The previous Qualifying Tournaments had taken place in the cities of Decin, Pardubice, Ostrava and Karlovy Vary.

A total of 39 teams took part in 79 competitive games on Saturday, while Sunday saw 60 teams playing in 101 games.

The schedule included categories to suit any age group and any level of play: Men 18+, Women 18+, Men 18+, U18 Men, U16 Men U14 Men, U12 Men, Women 18+, Women U16, Women U14.

An additional category, Masters, was reserved for professional or semi-pro players, with the winning teams qualifying for international 3on3 events.

As in every FIBA Europe 3on3 Tour event, every player on every team received the special FIBA Europe 3on3 reversible (blue and white) jersey as a gift.

The next stop for the FIBA Europe 3on3 Tour is the Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield, England on 7 and 8 July, in co-operation with England Basketball. 

 

Prague Finals Results List 

 

Masters Men (+18):

Select one vs SPS

                16:13

Masters Women (+18):

BBTeam vs B-Team       

13:11

18+ Men:

Supr vs Hrozný hrozny 

                           10:5

U18 Men:

Last minute two vs Opijeme se

          11:7

U16 Men:

Half Gingers vs The elite  

                     5:2

U14 Men:

Heat Elite vs Avengers      

                     7:5

U12:

The Avengers vs  Beksa junior   

                   6:5

U18+ Women:

Rachna kachna vs Značka ideál  

8:3

U16 Women:

Retardíci vs The Cookies               

  8:3

U14 Women:

Nikdo vs Legendární kultoš      

      5:3

 

Dunking Contest Winner:

Stehlik

3-point Contest Winner:

Spaca

1on1 Competition Winner:

Lukac Kraus

 

 


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