The 3x3.Exe League completed Round Two over the weekend and with six left until the finals in Tokyo, team Swish.EXE is leading the North Island Conference and Lincoln University leading the South.
In the South Island series
, University of Canterbury were able to serve up a little bit of their own medicine to Lincoln University to win round two, held at Christchurch’s Middleton Grange last Friday.
The University of Canterbury were turned their fortunes around, not only overcoming a loss to Lincoln in pool play, but also bouncing back from missing the playoffs in round one last month to take the final 16-11. The University of Canterbury prevailed by beating Lincoln at their own game.
Their superior shooting beyond the arc proved too much to combat for Lincoln, who did look like the form team going into the final, having gone throughout the night unbeaten.
The University of Canterbury relied on the clutch shooting of Max Allin who produced baskets when they were needed most including during overtime which resulted in a 14-13 victory against Gators.
Lincoln had surged into the final on the back of dominant perimeter shooting, especially from Josiah Williams, who was dominant during pool play. Both Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury overcame wilting semi-final opponents Lincoln outlasted 19-10 whole University of Canterbury proved too strong for Gators 22-11.
Allin said he had been batting a lower back issue for the past month and only got clearance to play in round two just hours before tip-off.
“It was great to have that fourth body on the bench tonight which we didn’t have in round one,” he said.
“I thought we played really well together, shot the ball really well and battled hard all night.”
Lincoln University remain the top team on the competition ladder, having been runners-up in each of the first two rounds of the competition. Josiah Williams said the team was confident shooting from deep and it almost got them the win on the night.
The third round in the South Island Conference will be played on June 22.
Round two results:
Lincoln University 19, Gators 17; Wolverines 18, Checkers 14; Lincoln University 20, University of Canterbury 18; Atami 20, Wolverines 19; University of Canterbury 14, Gators 13; Checkers 16, Atami 14.
Semi final 1: Lincoln University 19, Atami 10.
Semi-final 2: University of Canterbury 22, Gators 11.
Final: University of Canterbury 16, Lincoln University 11.
In the North Island Conference
, team Scam.EXE rode their luck early before finding the rhythm to claim round two at Auckland’s Swish Factory on Saturday night.
Scam defeated the Waikato Snipers 18-10 in the final, but had to work hard to make the decider. The team of Anthony Jones, Sherif Hassan as well as Connor and Michael Woodbridge beat the Snipers 18-13 in their first match of the round-robin phase before outlasting Coasties 13-12 to book their semi-final spot.
It was quite the turnaround for Scam after they didn’t record a win in the opening round last month and were bundled out in round-robin play as a result.
Waikato did not have to play their semi-final after their opponents and round one winners, Swish, forfeited the game due to a disqualified player leaving them with only two remaining players.
Scam dominated ValleySeezn 21-14 in their final four encounter.
Swish.EXE lead the conference after two of the eight rounds.
The third round in the North Island Conference will be played on June 23.
Round two results
Swish 22, University of Auckland 12; Scam 18, Waikato Snipers 13; University of Auckland 19, ValleySeezn 15; Waikato Snipers 15, Coasties 14; ValleySeezn 20, Swish 18; Scam 13, Coasties 12.
Semi-final 1: Waikato Snipers won by default against Swish.
Semi-final 2: Scam 21, ValleySeezn 14.
Final: Scam 18, Waikato Snipers 10.
The winners of each of the South Island and North Island conferences after all eight rounds will qualify for the 3x3.EXE Premier finals in Japan.
The teams that come second will go to a qualifying tournament. With all expenses paid, those four teams will compete for a share of USD$20,000 in prize-money in Tokyo in September. The winner of the big Tokyo based event will also qualify for a FIBA World Tour Masters Event.
NZ 3x3.EXE ROUNDS:
• Round 3, 22-23 June
• Round 4, 6-7 July
• Round 5, 20-21 July
• Round 6, 3-4 August
• Round 7, 17-18 August
• Round 8, 24-25 August
• 3x3.EXE Playoffs in Tokyo, 7-8 September
For more information including Schedule, Ladder, Teams and Images, go here: http://www.nz.basketball/Competitions/3X3/3x3EXE-Premier
Follow the 3x3.EXE Premier League on Basketball New Zealand’s social media channels: @BasketballNZ on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and on the website, www.NZ.basketball.