England teams make their mark at 3x3 World Champs
England's teams made a mark at the FIBA 3x3 World Championship on Day 2 with four combined wins.
The Women recovered from their losses on Day 1 to Russia and Spain to record relatively comfortable victories against Romania (18-8) and Jordan (18-7).
They have one remaining pool game today against Turkey (5:20pm) and a win will secure them a spot in the last 16 - they may even make the last 16 if they lose. The knockout games start this evening at 6pm, with the quarter finals due for 8pm, if the girls make it that far.
The Men followed up their perfect start on Day 1 with an impressive performance against USA and a comfortable win against Turkey.
The game against USA finished 13-9 to the unbeaten Americans, but England put in an eye catching performance and were left to rue six missed free throws that could have swung the game their way.
They secured their spot in the last 16 with a 21-10 win over Turkey and will clinch second spot in the pool if they defeat winless Lebanon today (4:40pm). A second placed finish will mean a last 16 contest against either Greece or Israel at 6:20pm and a potential quarter final at 8pm or just after.
Friday also saw the start of the Mixed competition and England's team (Jamell Anderson, Myles Hesson, Georgia Jones and Cristal Turner) were pitted against hosts Greece in the first round.
Trailing 20-18 in the closing moments it appeared the England were on the way out of the competition, but Myles Hesson hit a shot from outside of the arc to bring the scores level. This gave Greece the ball needing any score to seal a win, but Jamell Anderson blocked the Greek's shot and the ball againt went to Hesson outside the arc for another successful long range shot to give England a stunning 22-20 win.
The Mixed team had no time to rest on their laurels as they were almost immediately back on court for their quarter final, where they were defeated 16-9 by a France team that are a combined 10-0 in the tournament so far (both the men and women are unbeaten in pool play).
Below is a video highlight from Day 1 of Jamell Anderson scoring an alley-oop from Devan Bailey that comes with interesting story of mistaken identity as reported by FIBA