New Zealand will be well represented at the FIBA 3x3 Under 18 Asia Cup in Malaysia this week, with both a men’s and women’s team set to take the court.
The men’s team has been placed in Pool C with Sri Lanka and Turkmenistan, while the women are also in Pool C but have Japan and Chinese Taipei. The event officially begins on Thursday, September 6, but both New Zealand teams will not play until Friday the 7th.
The men play Sri Lanka first at 9:40pm and then Turkmenistan at 11:10pm, while the women play Chinese Taipei at 9:20pm and Japan at 10:50pm (all times NZT). Following the pool phase, it will proceed into single-elimination games until a winner from each gender has been crowned.
Women’s coach Justine Reed is confident her team will exceed at the event and is excited to get to work.
“We have a bunch of newcomers to 3x3 with two of the players joining us from Australia. We have managed to get a group of girls that I believe will be competitive. Each girl has a very different skill set which I think will complement each other, but also enable us to look at a number of different options.
“If we are able to get our combinations right and play to each other’s strengths, we could make the top four,” said Reed.
“I am looking forward to coaching this team and see it as another opportunity for me to continue to develop at international level. My recent roles with BBNZ have been as an assistant, so being given the chance to lead this team is exciting for me. I am hoping that I can guide the team to the podium.”
Veteran 3x3 player Karl Noyer is also new to the national head coaching scene, but his experience participating in 3x3 events will be valuable.
“It’s exciting for me as this will be my first time as a head coach of a national team. I have experience playing in these tournaments, but not coaching. It will be fun for me to put the coaching hat on and try to guide the team to a gold medal.”
All of the games at the U18 Asia Cup will be livestreamed on the FIBA 3x3 Youtube channel.
New Zealand 3x3 Under 18 women’s team
• Arielle Williams-Mackey (Waikato Basketball)
• Briarley Rogers (Tauranga City Basketball)
• Emilee Tahata (based in Australia)
• Kay Phillips (based in Australia)
• Head Coach Justine Reed.
New Zealand 3x3 Under 18 men’s team
• Thomas Whyte (Basketball Auckland)
• James Moors (Harbour Basketball)
• Max de Geest (Canterbury Basketball)
• Matthew O’Connell (Taranaki Country Basketball)
• Head Coach Karl Noyer.
· See FIBA’s tournament website here: http://www.fiba.basketball/asia/3x3U18/2018
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