Grant-Allen, Nurse, teammates finish fourth

Alcobendas, Spain – Canada’s women’s team, with Hamilton players Saicha Grant-Allen and Kia Nurse, finished fourth on the weekend (Sept. 29-30) as the second annual FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championship in Spain concluded. They had a 2-3 record.

Canada’s men’s team also placed fourth in the basketball tournament after going undefeated – 7-0 – in group play.

The U18 men’s team of Brody Clarke, Chris McComber, Marko Pirovic and Troy Reid-Knight took control of Group A on day one with wins against Slovakia (17-16), the Netherlands (20-5), France (20-17) and Belize (18-14).

The men carried their momentum into the next days and defeated China, 20-14, New Zealand, 16-15, and Poland, 17-10. With a perfect record (7-0) through the group stage, Canada earned a bye into Sunday’s quarter-finals.

In the quarters, Canada faced Romania and pulled through with a 19-17 win to advance to the semi-finals against the USA. Canada was unable to push its winning streak to nine, as the Americans eliminated Canada from the competition with a 17-13 victory. In the bronze medal game, Canada was up against a determined French squad and lost again, 19-11, to finish fourth overall.

In the finals of the men U18 3×3 World Championship, Serbia defeated USA, 21-20.

The Canadian U18 women’s team, which also included Shay Colley and Sam Cooper, did not sizzle out of the gate like the men’s team. Canada dropped its first two games (Romania, 8-7, and England, 15-13). In the final game of the day, the Canadians got in to get into the win column after dominating Andorra, 16-4.

Canada entered day 2 with a 1-2 record with two games to play in the group stage. In their opening game of the day against Tunisia, Canada was awarded a 21-0 victory after their opponents pulled out of the tournament. In their final game of the tournament, Canada was defeated 10-5.