|08 May 2012|
FIBA EUROPE 3ON3
|The Santa María cathedral in the city of León, Spain |
After a successful tour of Gran Canaria the FIBA Europe 3on3 equipment arrived timely in Leon, Spain for the first tournament in continental Europe in 2012.
From 10 to 13 May the capital of the Spanish province Leon will host two events, the Spanish 3on3 university championships and an open 3on3 tournament.
The city of 135.000 inhabitants is a hotbed of basketball with the men's team Baloncesto Leon competing in Spain's second division (Adecco Oro) and having a long tradition of top-flight basketball in the 1990s.
The women's team in the city, Aros Leon, is also competing in the second division (Liga Feminina 2).
Both tournaments are organised by the University of Leon, who are a steady partner of FIBA Europe within the Universitas project.
The action will take place in San Marcos square in the city centre, right in front of the historical building Convento de San Marcos, a former pilgrim hospital and one of the main attractions in the city.
A total of 32 teams will take to the eight FIBA Europe courts on Thursday and Friday, representing their universities from all over Spain.
17 men's and 15 women's team registered for the championship, showing the strong interest of women's player for the spectacular and fast-paced 3on3 game.
Plenty of entertainment will be at hand, including a dunk and three-point contest.
For the open tournament on Saturday and Sunday, teams can still register in one of the four categories, U15, U16, U18 and seniors.
On Wednesday, a presentation of the project will take place on site, featuring officials from both FIBA Europe, the University of Leon and the regional basketball authorities.