In their first game of the day, the reigning Asia Cup Champions in Australia took on the 2017 EuroCup gold medalists in Latvia.

The Aussies had the first two points on the board but a few defensive lapses hurt them as Latvia managed to get back-door to spark a 6-1 answering run.

It was a physical and bruising encounter with Australia getting Latvia over the foul limit midway through the contest.

That helped them cut the deficit to one point at 7-8 but Latvia’s stringent defence was not giving up any field goals and once they got into the bonus themselves, Latvia scored five in a row to gain some breathing space again.

A couple of late two-pointers from Tom Wright and Greg Hire gave Australia a glimmer of hope but Latvia shut the door instantly with a two of their own to seal a 20-16 win.

In their final group stage game, Australia faced Japan who were playing without a substitute due to an injury to one of their players.

It took the Aussies over a minute to get on the board but Andrew Steel got them started from beyond the arc before Wright and Tim Coenraad made their way to the basket for a 6-4 lead.

Australia began to exert their muscle under the rim, getting easy looks close to the basket while Greg Hire also showed off his strength with an and-one lay-up.

The game opened up from there with Japan’s lack of a substitution showing and Australia were able to cruise to a 22-12 win.

Unfortunately for the Australians, a Latvian win over Brazil in the following game ended their chances of a Quarter-Final berth with their debut FIBA 3×3 World Cup campaign coming to a premature end.

On the other side of the draw, the Aussie women swept their way though the first two group stage games and now aim to qualify for the Quarter-Finals tonight.

They meet Japan at 12.25am AEST and France at 3.05am AEST to round out their group stage.

All games will be live-streamed via the FIBA 3×3 YouTube channel while stats are available via the official tournament website and you can watch a replay of Australia’s two games from Day 3 below.


Australia’s schedule at the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup (all times AEST):

June 19: Australian men def. Brazil 21-15
June 19: Australian men def. by Poland 14-16
June 20: Australian women def. Andorra 22-9
June 20: Australian women def. Switzerland 20-14
June 21: Australian men def. by Latvia 16-20
June 21: Australian men def. Japan 22-12
June 22: Australian women vs. Japan at 12.25am
June 22: Australian women vs. France at 3.05am
June 22-23: Australian women Quarter-Finals between 11pm-4.15am
June 22-23: Australian men Quarter-Finals between 11.30pm-4.45am
June 23: Australian women Semi-Finals at 10.10pm or 10.40pm
June 23-24: Australian men Semi-Finals at 11.20pm or 12.05am
June 24: Australian women bronze medal at 1.40am, gold medal at 2.50am
June 24: Australian men bronze medal at 2.10am, gold medal at 3.30am

The Australian men have finished the group stage of the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup with a 2-2 record after splitting their games on Day 3 but their results were unfortunately not good enough to book a spot in the finals.

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