US team’s men’s team fall to Netherlands in quarterfinals, fail to qualify for Olympics in 3×3 hoops
The US team were upset Sunday by the Netherlands in the 3×3 Olympic basketball qualifying tournament in Graz, Austria, without qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics.
The 21-16 loss in the quarterfinals prevented the Americans from getting any of the three offers available for the Olympics. It was a surprise loss for the American team, who won the last 3×3 World Cup in 2019 and are the second team in the world behind Serbia. The Americans went 3-1 in the pool game to enter the medal round as a seed.
The Tokyo Games will mark the first time 3×3 basketball will be featured at an Olympics, and the field is tight, with just eight countries winning places. The U.S. team failed to secure an automatic berth in 2019 despite winning the World Cup, as the 3×3 Olympic berths are determined differently from the 5×5 competition, where World Cup champions get automatic entry.
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FIBA, the international sport governing body, is reserving a place in Tokyo for countries that did not have a 5×5 team qualified for the 2012 or 2016 Olympics as they try to develop the game in countries that had not exceeded before. But that made qualifying even more difficult for the American team.
Joey King, who played for Minnesota, led Team USA on Sunday with eight points in the loss (in 3×3 baskets are worth 1 point and shots behind the line are worth 2). King averaged 7.8 points per game, the best on the team.
Robbie Hummel, who played at Purdue and played two seasons for the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaged just 3.4 points per game in the event and struggled to make just 4 of 20 2-point attempts. . Hummel, who has reinvented himself as one of the best 3×3 players in the world, was the 2019 World Cup MVP.
The Netherlands, who came in with the No.3 seed, were led by Julian Jarring’s seven points and will face off in the final against France, who beat Brazil 21-19.