The Sal’s NBL Final Four and the U15 Aon Nationals are not the only basketball events to attend this weekend. Round Five of the 3x3.EXE league is set to tip off in Auckland (8pm on 20 July)
and Christchurch (1:30pm on 21 July)
With only eight rounds in the competition, teams are at the halfway point with team Swish.EXE leading the Northern conference and team University of Canterbury.EXE leading the South.
People are welcome to attend the event, with free entry. The FIBA World Cup will also be at the South Island conference event, with fans allowed to come and see the cup and take photos with it.
3x3.EXE STATE OF PLAY – WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR?
NORTH ISLAND CONFERENCE
Swish.EXE underlined their North Island 3x3 title credentials by winning Round Four on their home court in Auckland. Swish eased past Scam.EXE 20-12 in a spicy final which saw a couple of unsportsmanlike fouls as fatigue seemed to set in. The result saw Swish go to the top of the competition ladder.
Tom Allan was a constant threat from the outside for Swish in Round Four, knocking down six two-pointers in his team’s semi-final win over the Waikato Snipers while Zach Easthope controlled the paint and the rebounding.
Scam squeezed past Coasties 21-20 in the other semi-final, but looked to have run out of energy for the decider with their shooting lacking and energy levels well down from the start of the night. It was Swish’s first round victory since the opening weekend though they have made the final four in each round, making them the most consistent team in the competition.
The Waikato Snipers made the semi-finals for the fourth consecutive time, but a round title still eludes them.
NORTH ISLAND CONFERENCE - Round Four Results:
Scam.EXE 14, ValleySeezn.EXE 11; Coasties.EXE 12, University of Auckland.EXE 9; Scam.EXE 21, Waikato Snipers.EXE 14; Swish.EXE 19, University of Auckland.EXE 10; Waikato Snipers.EXE 19, ValleySeezn.EXE 15; Swish.EXE 21, Coasters.EXE 18.
Semi-final 1: Scam.EXE 22, Coasties.EXE 19
Semi-final 2: Swish.EXE 22, Waikato Snipers 14.
Final: Swish.EXE 20, Scam.EXE 12.m
NORTH ISLAND CONFERENCE- Points Table after four rounds:
Swish.EXE 13, Waikato Snipers.EXE 9, University of Auckland.EXE 7, Scam.EXE 7, Coasties.EXE 6, ValleySeezn.EXE 2.
SOUTH ISLAND CONFERENCE
Team Checkers.EXE upset the form guide to win round four of the South Island Conference 3x3 competition at Christchurch’s Ara Institute.
Checkers, who hadn’t made it out of pool-play in the previous three rounds, beat competition leaders University of Canterbury (UC) 16-14 in the final, however UC moved to the outright lead of the competition after Checkers did them a favour by beating Lincoln University 20-18 in the semi-finals.
The Checkers team of Ben Nelson, Ben Harris Sam Riley and debutante, former professional player, Ariel Galvez-Mepana were able to turn around a 21-16 loss to University of Canterbury to prevail in the final.
Checkers were able to match-up physically against University of Canterbury and rode the strong shooting of Mepana and Riley to show they could be a force for the latter stages of the competition. Riley said with a new-look team, he felt they would only improve as the day went on and he felt they had the size to match it with the University of Canterbury which proved to be the case.
In the first semi-final it was Round One winners Gators.EXE meeting University of Canterbury, the winner of the previous two rounds. In a game that took a while to heat-up, it was the height and size of current Canterbury Ram Brent Fisher, who proved the difference. The game was dominated by perimeter shooting, although Fisher was a menace in the paint on attack and was a dominant rebounder, allowing UC second chance opportunities at will.
Gators did well to stick with the competition front-runners but without the competition’s best shooter, Matt Mischewski, who was injured. Gators came up just short, 15-14.
Checkers caused the big upset by knocking off the previously red-hot Lincoln University in their semi-final. Lincoln University had breezed through pool-play on the back of their superb perimeter shooting, however, their hot hand left them in the knock-out game, with Checkers making the most of their superior size and physicality to lead all the way for the surprise win.
SOUTH ISLAND CONFERENCE - Round Four Results:
Lincoln Uni.EXE 21, Atami.EXE 12; University of Canterbury.EXE 21, Checkers.EXE 16; Lincoln University.EXE 21, Gators.EXE 10; Checkers.EXE 22, Wolverines.EXE 7; Gators.EXE 19, Atami.EXE17; University of Canterbury.EXE 21, Wolverines.EXE 20.
Semi-final 1: University of Canterbury.EXE 15, Gators.EXE 14
Semi-final 2: Checkers.EXE 20, Lincoln University.EXE 18.
Final: Checkers.EXE 16, University of Canterbury.EXE 14.
SOUTH ISLAND CONFERENCE - Points Table after four rounds:
University of Canterbury.EXE 11, Lincoln University.EXE 10, Gators.EXE 8, Atami.EXE 7, Wolverines.EXE 4, Checkers.EXE 4.
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 in each of the NZ conferences will go to a qualifying tournament, and the winning team will be given automatic entry in the main 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.
Read more at www.NZ.Basketball/3x3EXE
NZ 3X3.EXE ROUNDS:
Round 5, 20-21 July:
• North Island Conference: 8pm-10:15pm. Saturday 20 July 2019, Swish Factory, 17 Orbit Drive, Rosedale, Auckland
• South Island Confernce: 1:30pm-3:45pm. Sunday 21 July 2019, ARA Gym, Barbados Street, Christchurch
• Round 6, 3-4 August
• Round 7, 17-18 August
• Round 8, 24-25 August
• 3×3.EXE Playoffs in Tokyo, 7-8 September