Back in May of last year, FIBA announced that this year’s 3×3 World Cup will be held in the Philippines.
The 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will feature 20 men’s and 20 women’s teams all competing on one court to determine the best 3×3 team in the world. There will also be side events such as the Dunk Contest (featuring professional dunkers), Women’s Skill’s Contest and the Mixed Shoot-out Contest.
In a press conference today, the SBP announced the details of this year’s 3×3 World Cup. The games will be held on June 8 to 12. The Finals of the tournament will fall on Independence Day itself. The games will be held in the Philippine Arena, the first time a FIBA-sanctioned event will be held in the venue.
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The qualified teams for this year’s 3×3 World Cup are as follows:
Men’s Division: Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, host Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, defending champion Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Uruguay.
Women’s Division: Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands, host Philippines, defending champion Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkmenistan, USA and Venezuela.
This is the first time the country will be represented in the Women’s Division. Back in 2016, the Philippines sent a team composed of Mac Belo, Karl Dehesa, Russel Escoto and Glenn Khobuntin. That team finished ninth. Last year, the team was composed of Kobe Paras, Jeron Teng, J. R. Quinahan and Kiefer Ravena. They finished 11th.
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