Great Britain’s men and women go into battle in the 3×3 Europe Cup Qualifier in Romania on Sunday.
The prize for success on Day 2 of the event is a spot in the Finals in Paris later this year and some of the top names from the GB 5v5 squads have committed to the programme as the short-sided form of the game grows in popularity.
Teams have been entered as part of a collaboration between Great Britain Basketball and Basketball England to help prepare Team England players for next year’s Commonwealth Games and set about improving the GB national teams’ 3×3 rankings.
The likes of Myles Hesson and Ashley Hamilton, Temi Fagbenle and Chantelle Handy are part of coaches Julius Joseph and Stef Collins’ squads along with some of the best talent from the UK game.
The GB men match up with Ukraine, Hungary and Kosovo in their pool, while the women face Hungary and Slovakia. The top two from each pool go into eliminators with four teams from the men’s competition and four from the women’s earning a ticket to Paris.
How to watch
All of GB’s games are Day 2 of the tournament. There are two sessions on the day. The games will be livestreamed on the FIBA 3×3, Basketball England and Great Britain Facebook pages and on the FIBA 3×3 YouTube page – see below.
Fixtures – Sunday 27 June
Women (Pool B)
8am: GB Women v Hungary
10:30am: GB Women v Slovakia
Eliminators: 5:20pm if second in group, 5:45pm if first in group. Winner of each qualifies.
Men (Pool D)
8.50am: GB Men v Ukraine
10:55am: GB Men v Kosovo
4:05pm: GB Men v Hungary
Eliminators: 6:10pm if first in group or 6:35pm if second in group. Winner of qualifies.
Shanice Beckford-Norton #4, BA London Lions
Chantelle Handy #6, Casademont Zaragoza, ESP
Temi Fagbenle #8, Mersin, TUR
Shequila Joseph #9, Leganes, ESP
Coach: Stef Collins
Myles Hesson #5, Elan Chalon, FRA
Ashley Hamilton #6, Plymouth Raiders
Orlan Jackman #7, Team Solent Kestrels
Josh Ward-Hibbert #9, London Lions
Coach: Julius Joseph
Stef Collins said:
“The tournaments will be a great opportunity to see where we are as it is our first time entering teams into this competition and we will use this experience to continue to learn, adapt, and grow with 3×3.”
Read more from Stef HERE
Julius Joseph said:
“The selected squad players are all tough, versatile and can guard multiple positions and score consistently in a variety of ways. We will need to play smart, with composure and adapt very quickly as we are playing against teams that have been together for years.”
Read more from Julius HERE