On their very first participation at the World Tour Final, Team Hamamatsu finished runners up, losing to 2013 Champs Ljubljana (Slovenia) 12-21 in the championship game.
- India international basketball player Amjyot Singh Gill, who has also entered his name in this year’s NBA D-League draft, was an integral part of the team.
- The FIBA 3×3 World Tour Finals is a hugely prestigious event and is the equivalent of a World Cup for 3×3 basketball for professional players.
- The team comprised 2 other Indian-origin players: Inderbir Singh Gill (USA) and Bikramjit Gill (Canada) apart from a fourth from Japan.
Abu Dhabi, 29th October, 2016: Team Hamamatsu, Japan, comprising India Basketball superstar and NBA D-League prospect Amjyot Singh Gill, apart from Inderbir Singh Gill (USA), Bikramjit Gill (Canada) and Chihiro Ikeda (Japan), finished runners up at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Finals that concluded in Abu Dhabi, UAE late last night.
The side had stunned two time defending champs Novi Sad Alwahda, UAE in the semifinals, but found the going tough against the 2013 champs Ljubljana from Slovenia. Ljubljana, the tallest side in the tournament, was able to find their shooting touch from the outside to maintain a sizeable lead throughout. For Hamamatsu, Bikramjit continued his scorching form from the previous games, backing down his defender for easy points in the paint. At one point of time, the scores read 8-12 in favour of Ljubljana, but with their size and scoring, the Slovenians went on a 9-4 run to close out the win.
As runners up, Team Hamamatsu has won USD 20,000/-.
“Everyone counted us out when we got here. Hopefully we shocked the world,” said Bikramjit during a post game interview conducted by the organizers. “Definitely, this could be the start of something bigger.”
About the 2016 FIBA 3×3 World Tour
Abu Dhabi Finals
There are 12 teams competing in the World Tour Finals, divided into 4 Pools of three teams each:
Pool A: Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE); Belgrade (Serbia); St Petersburg (Russia)
Pool B: Ljubljana (Slovenia); Sao Paulo DC (Brazil); Chicago (USA)
Pool C: Piran (Slovenia); Gdansk (Poland); Hamamatsu (Japan)
Pool D: Saskatoon (Canada); Kranj (Slovenia); Caguas (Puerto Rico)
The teams within each pool played against each other in a round-robin first round. The top two placed teams from each pool advanced to a standard knock-out round which starts at the quarter-finals stage. The winners are crowned FIBA 3×3 World Tour champions and earn a ticket to the FIBA 3×3 All Stars.
The competition will also featured dunk and shootout contests.
For more details, visit: www.fiba.com/3x3worldtour/2016/abu-dhabi
How to Watch
For those not attending the games at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex in Zayed Sports City (free entrance) – the games will be available from 17.00 local time (GMT+4) on Thursday 27 October live on FIBA 3×3’s official YouTube channel and Facebook Live. The top-two placed teams from each pool advance to a standard knock-out round which starts at the quarter-finals stage, from 17.00 local time on Friday 28.
The FIBA 3×3 World Tour Abu Dhabi Final features the winner of the 7 stops, (Mexico DF, Utsunomiya, Prague, Lausanne, Debrecen, Beijing and Rio de Janeiro) plus the 5 best teams in the World Tour standings at the end of the season (between 5 and 11 depending if a team has won more than one Masters).
The Amjyot starring Team Hamamtsu qualified via the latter route, having finished 6th in the first Utsunomiya leg (30-31 July) followed by a 3rd place finish at the Beijing leg (16-17 September). This gave them an overall world ranking of 11 (as of 17.10.2016 at the time of the draw) to make the cut in the 12-team field at the World Tour Finals.
About FIBA’s 3×3 Basketball Programme
As sourced verbatim from www.fiba.com/3×3/faq
3×3 basketball is already today the number one urban team sport in the world. (*According to an IOC-commissioned study.)
In line with FIBA’s vision to make basketball the most popular sports community in the world, FIBA is embracing 3×3 with the aim of further promoting, uniting and developing the game of basketball. FIBA believes that 3×3 presents an excellent opportunity to attract new people to basketball and to raise awareness that everyone can play basketball, anywhere in the world. Embracing an additional stand-alone discipline offers the opportunity to extend the reach of participating or hosting countries in international competitions.
FIBA’s vision is to establish a pro FIBA 3×3 World Tour that allows 3×3 stars to make a living out of 3×3. Create the largest sports community in the world by having all 3×3 events worldwide included on 3x3planet.com.
The goal is to eventually make 3×3 Basketball an Olympic sport.
For more details visit: www.fiba.com/3×3/faq
About 3×3 Basketball- Basic Rules
- Four members per team. Three active players on court at all times, with one rolling substitute.
- Played using only one half of a traditional basketball court.
- 12 second shot clock
- Match duration:10 minutes (with stoppages for dead ball situations and freethrows)
- The team which scores 21 points or more within the match duration, wins the game. If neither team is able to reach 21 points, then the team with the higher points after the conclusion of 10 minutes is declared the winner.
- Traditional three point shots from behind the arc will be awarded 2 points.
- Every shot inside the arc is awarded 1 point.
- Every successful freethrow is awarded 1 point.
- If the scores are tied, then an extra period of time is played. Here the first team to score 2 points in overtime wins the game.
- Following each successful field goal or made free throw, a player from the non-scoring team will resume the game by dribbling or passing the ball from inside the court directly underneath the basket (not from behind the end line) to a place on the court behind the arc.
- If the defensive team steals or blocks the ball, it must return the ball behind the arc (by passing or dribbling).
For full text of latest official FIBA 3×3 rules, visit: www.fiba.com/documents/2016/01/29/3×3%20Rules%20of%20the%20game%202016%20text.pdf
About Amjyot Singh Gill
The 6ft 9inch Gill made the entire Indian sports fraternity take notice when he slammed home a powerful two handed alley-oop dunk during India’s historic win over China in the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup. Since then, the 24-year-old “Sultan of Swat” has grown from strength to strength. As a “stretch four” Amjyot is a matchup nightmare, able to post up, rebound, block shots, handle the ball and score from the outside.
The versatile power forward went on a scoring spree during India’s memorable quarterfinal run in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship for Men, proving himself to be among Asia’s finest hoopsters. 2016 proved to be an equally significant year, as he, along with fellow Punjab baller, Amritpal Singh, made the brave decision of moving to Japan. The duo led their Tokyo Excellence team to the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) Championship. Amjyot in particular, averaged 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game over 35 games, playing 21 minutes per game.
Most recently, Amjyot had starred at the FIBA Asia Challenge, posting tournament high numbers in various key statistical categories. Amjyot was number 1 overall in freethrow shooting (90.3%) hitting 28/31 freethrows. His 8.3 rpg was 3rd among forwards and 8th overall. His 2 double doubles (i.e. when a player crossed double digits in any two statistical categories in a single game) was 3rd among forwards and 7th overall. His 12.8 ppg was 6th best among forwards. His .6 blocks per game is 3rd best among forwards. His +14.1 effpg is 6th best among forwards. His 2.4 apg is 5th best among forwards. His 37% from the field is 10th among forwards.
Amjyot Singh Gill is represented by Pursuit, India’s leading basketball talent management and scouting entity. Pursuit’s aim is to find and create the right opportunities for budding athletes with the talent and potential to succeed at the international level. Through its grassroots network, Pursuit is able to spot athletic talent from a young age and help them along their playing careers, whether in India or abroad. Pursuit is headed by Vishnu Ravi Shankar and is India’s pre-eminent and pioneering basketball scouting and talent management agency.
For more information visit: www.pursuitindia.com