ULAANBAATAR (FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup) – New Zealand won both their games to top Pool B on Day 2 of FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup in Ulaanbaatar on October 28 2017. Meanwhile, Mongolia’s women team continued the host nation’s undefeated streak – by way of notching the game of the day against China.
Team of the Day: New Zealand
New Zealand opened Day 2 against their neighbors and rivals Australia in a clasico. The well-rounded New Zealand team owned the paint with FIBA 3x3 World Tour player Rory Fannon. From the outside Alonzo Burton showed his sharpshooting range in the 21-12 victory over Australia. New Zealand faced a tough match up again against Qatar but Burton caught fire again as he scored three 2-pointers to mark a 21-17 victory. New Zealand will face Kyrgyzstan in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
Other teams to qualify for quarter-finals: Mongolia (W), China (W), Malaysia (W), Turkmenistan (W), Australia (M), Chinese Taipei (M), Kazakhstan (M)
Game of the Day: Mongolia vs. China (Women)
On the women’s side China vs. Mongolia was another nail-biter. Thanks to the playmaking and a few mean crossovers by Ganzul Davaasuren, Mongolia edged out China 16-14.
Player of the Day: Anton Kotenko (Kazakhstan)
Kazakhstan’s Anton Kotenko used to be king of one-on-one streetball. Now he brought his skills to 3x3 and he was everywhere on the court. While playing both full games, Kotenko secured Kazahkstan’s top place in Pool D and a Top 5 play.
Zalina Zurakova (KAZ), Yap Fook Yee (MAS), Maytham Jameel (BRN) and Jiabin Zhang (CHN) will compete in the final of the Shoot-out contest on October 29 at 5pm local time.
Day 3: 12pm local time (GMT+8) with the knock-out games and the finals