3x3 Basketball Stars Shoot for FISU Final
Aug 9, 2017 by Patrick Rebakis
Following success at the Southern University Games held in Geelong in early July, the ACU Men’s and Women’s 3x3 Basketball teams qualified for the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Oceania 3x3 World University League Qualifying Final held on the Gold Coast on 3-4 August 2017. It was an exciting prospect for these athletes as it was the first-ever ACU team to be entered in a FISU sanctioned event.
This was a fantastic effort by ACU as only the two top teams from the four Regional University Games were eligible. Teams competed for the Australian University Sport National Championship pennant with the chance to progress into the FISU World University 3x3 Basketball League Finals in Xiamen, China from 14-17 September 2017.
The ACU teams fought valiantly with the Men’s team taking the win against Griffith University Gold Coast (GUGC) to secure fifth position and the Women’s narrowly losing the semi-final to GUGC 17-14. Interestingly the previous day, the Women’s team played GUGC to claim the win 9 – 4 but could not get over the line in the final. It was a tight competition with the ACU Women only losing by 1 point to Monash University who ended up taking the overall championship! ACU’s Riley Martin doubled up to win the overall Slam Dunk Contest.
Jennifer Younger, Sports Activity Officer for Brisbane Campus went along to manage the two teams and was proud of their efforts, saying “It was a fierce competition with most games going down to the wire and the ACU students represented us with pride. It was an added bonus with the event being held in the middle of Pacific Fair shopping Centre which meant there was always a crowd watching!”
3x3 Basketball is a fast and furious condensed version of traditional basketball, with the main differences being:
- 3 players a side (vs 5)
- Played on half a basketball court
- Only one hoop
- Smaller ball
- Points: 1 inside the arc; 2 outside (vs 2 and 3)
- Games are 10 minutes’ long (vs 40 minutes broken into 4 quarters)
- Winning team is the first to reach 21 points or the team with the highest score at the end of 10 minutes.
Congratulations to the ACU students on their outstanding results and for competing in the University’s first FISU sanctioned event. It is a great outcome leading into Australian University Games (AUGs) to be held on the Gold Coast in late September. The Health, Sport and Wellbeing department have received over 500 AUG applications and will be looking to send its most competitive teams to go for gold!
Men’s: Adam Abboud, Riley Martin, Zackary Smith, Luke Fullagar
Women’s: Georgina Werninghaus, Meg Dargan, Hannah Bensch, Courtney Hagen