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FIBA 3×3 World Tour Preview: Brazil, USA

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The FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final takes place in Abu Dhabi on October 15-16. Here is Part 1 of the teams’ previews:

SANTOS (Brazil)

Seed: #8
Qualified: 3rd place at the Rio de Janeiro Masters
Previous World Tour Final appearances: None
Roster
– Douglas Motta (BRA): 37 years old; 1.90m; World Rank: 61
– Marcelo ‘Marcelao’ Silva (BRA): 45 yearls old; 2.10m; World Rank: 43
– Juninho Mariano Jr (BRA): 34 years old; 1.92m; World Rank: 69
– Carlos ‘Carlinhos’ Silva Junior (BRA): 34 years old; 2.00m; World Rank: 45

Notes
– Carlos Silva Jr. is part of an exclusive group of 12 players who have played in all 4 editions of
the FIBA 3×3 World Tour.
– Most experienced team of the tournament.
– Carlos Silva Jr and Douglas Motta represented Brazil at the FIBA 3×3 World Championships (in 2012 and 2014 respectively).

 

NEW YORK HARLEM (United States)

Seed: #11
Qualified: 2nd place at the Mexico DF Masters
Previous World Tour Final appearances: None
Roster
– Dominique ‘Disco Domo’ Jones (USA): 27 years old; 1.78m; World Rank: 106
– Kevin ‘kevjo’ Josey (USA): 27 years old; 1.92m; World Rank: 76
– Edis ‘Ballroom Brawler’ Dervisevic (USA): 26 years old; 2.07m; World Rank: 107
– David ‘Super Dave’ Seagers (USA): 27 years old; 1.88m; World Rank: 113

Notes
– David Seagers was named Most Spectacular Player of the Mexico Masters by the fans.
– Jones won multiple New York City streetball leagues this summer
– NY Harlem is the shortest team at the Final (tied with Santos, 1.91m).

 

DENVER (United States)
Seed: #10
Qualified: 1st place in the Mexico DF Masters
Previous World Tour Final appearances: 5th in 2012 and 8th in 2014
Roster
– Derek ‘Vanilla Gorilla’ Griffin (USA): 31 years old; 1.91m; World Rank: 68
– Marcus ‘The King’ King-Stockton (USA): 29 years old; 2.08m; World Rank: 75
– Paris ‘PK’ Kyles (USA): 30 years old; 1.91m; World Rank: 97
– Corey Campbell (USA): 32 years old; 1.88m; World Rank: 357

Notes
– Kyles was named MVP of the Mexico DF Masters after scoring the game-winner in overtime in the final against NY Harlem.
– Griffin was the top scorer of the Mexico DF Masters (37 points in 5 games).
– The only team to beat Novi Sad Al Wahda last season at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final.
– Griffin and Campbell are part of an exclusive group of 12 players who have played in all 4 editions of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour.

 

(Via www.fiba.com)

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