In the beautiful Zappeion and its classical Greek columns, the Hellenic Basketball Federation provided a perfect backdrop for the first ever edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Championship. Everyone who was involved, is already reflecting on what is widely considered a resounding success.
Located in central Athens, within walking distance of the Greek parliament as well as the famous Panathenaic Olympic Stadium, it not only drew seasoned basketball fans, but also drew many curious tourists and passers-by as the bleachers remained full, even when the home team was nowhere to be seen
The Olympic spirit prevailed throughout, with competitiveness, sportsmanship and friendship coming together as players from far and wide shared the hotel, the buses, as well as dining tables, stories and Facebook accounts.
It was a first ever not only for the event as a whole, but also for international mixed competition.
Sixteen countries came head-to-head with teams composed of two men and two women, in a straight knock-out tournament that caught the imagination of the capacity crowd.
On the court, France topped the medal table, pocketing gold in the Mixed competition, silver in the Mens and Womens, and bronze in the Skills Contest thanks to Sylvie Guszczynski.
Ukraine, who like France reached the Semi-Finals in all three team categories, bagged bronze in the Mixed and the Mens categories.
Serbia and USA won gold in the Mens and the Womens competitions respectively, while Pirgit Puu of Estonia won the Skills contest, Czech Republics Stanislav Votroubek the Shoot-Out contest and Venezuelan Deivi Aanguren the Dunk contest.
''This was a fantastic first edition'', said FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann.
''The players and organisers of this Championship have set a very high standard for those to follow''.
''For this, we must be extremely grateful to the Hellenic Basketball Federation''.
''They have strongly believed in this project from the very beginning''.
''Their enthusiasm spilled over and everyone has absolutely loved this tournament, from the players to the fans, to people who know nothing about basketball''
Manolis Papadoulis is a newcomer at Amyntas Dafnis - 4 hours ago
AO Amyntas Dafnis Athens (B) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old swingman Manolis Papadoulis (201-96). He has played for the last two seasons at the junior team of Psyhiko in the A2. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Papadoulis has played previously for Irakleio [read more]
AO Amyntas Dafnis Athens (B) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old swingman Manolis Papadoulis (201-96). He has played for the last two seasons at the junior team of Psyhiko in the A2. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Papadoulis has played previously for Irakleio.
20-year old power forward Emmanouil Papadoulis (200-96). The last time (12) he played at Greek U16 National Team in Greek league. Papadoulis missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. Papadoulis was a member of Greek U18 National Team in 2013 [read more]
Ethnikos Piraeus (A2) added to their roster 24-year old power forward Anastasios Antonakis (205-92) from Pagrati. In 28 A2 games he had 8.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.9apg last season [read more]
Ethnikos Piraeus (A2) added to their roster 24-year old power forward Anastasios Antonakis (205-92) from Pagrati. In 28 A2 games he had 8.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.9apg last season. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. The previous (14-15) season Antonakis played at Apollon Patras (A1). But in 19 games he recorded just 0.7ppg and 1.1rpg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention back in 2012. Antonakis represented Greece at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4(16.7ppg), 5.8rpg, Assists-4(4.2apg), FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.9%. Antonakis has played previously for two other teams: AEK Athens and Ilysiakos.
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