Belize’s Tree-vanne Moses wins Samsung Shootout in FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championship in Spain
BELIZE CITY, Mon. Oct. 1, 2012
Yes, against the world, the Belize squad left our mark in the former mother country of our next door neighbor to the west. Not only did little Belize’s 3×3 basketball National Team “turn heads” by beating both Poland and China in team play at the 3×3 U18 World Championships in Alcobendas, Spain (see “3×3 – Five boys teams off to perfect start” elsewhere in this issue), but Tree-vanne Moses went on to win the Finals of the individual 3-point Shootout contest yesterday. Though not as spectacular an event as the Slam Dunk contest, it is an achievement that must be acknowledged as a feat of monster proportions – Belize conquered the world in that event. And to think, our boys almost didn’t go to the tournament. See excerpts from fiba.com article below (italics are ours):
3×3 – Serbia, USA and France follow in senior teams’ footsteps,Thomas and Jurtom put on show
ALCOBENDAS (FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championships) – There was an air of deja vu as the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championships, presented by Nike, came to a close on Sunday in Alcobendas, Spain.
Serbia won the Boys tournament, the USA ended Spain’s reign in the Girls event, and France came out on top in the Mixed competition.
This was very similar to what transpired in Athens, Greece at last month’s FIBA 3×3 World Championships when the Serbians claimed the Men’s gold medal, the Americans prevailed in the Women’s Final and France made history in winning the first-ever FIBA Mixed competition…..
In the Final of the Samsung Shootout, Moses Tree-Vanne of Belize got the better of his three opponents to take home a latest generation Samsung digital camera.
Tree-Vanne had the hot hand as he scored 8 points in the Final, twice as much as the 4 managed by second-place Monika Naczk from Poland.
Lithuania’s Justinas Gecas finished third with 3 points and Elisa Penna of Italy rounded out the field.
Finally, Germany were the winners of the inaugural 2 Ball Contest.