Tuesday, May 28, 2024

3×3 Basketball | Dutch teams through to semi-finals OKT, men suffer painful defeat

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Today the women put Azerbaijan aside 15-11. They previously won convincingly against Chile (16-13) and Mongolia (20-7).

The women will play against Poland in the semi-finals. That country is 19th in the world rankings. The Netherlands is in 16th place there. If the Dutch team wins, the winner of the match between Hungary and Azerbaijan will await in the final. The final, like the semi-final, will be played on Sunday.

Expensive defeat

The Dutch men played two matches today. After the Netherlands defeated Switzerland 22-15 yesterday, a semi-final place was assured after the victory over home country Hong Kong. The Dutch team, which finished fifth at the Games in Tokyo, put Hong Kong aside 17-11.

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However, the Dutch team did not succeed against Austria. With the help of 36-year-old veteran Worthy de Jong, the team played reasonably well, but was unable to shake off the Austrians. A lay-up in the last 4 seconds meant a defeat for the Dutch team: 17-18.

Due to the defeat, the Netherlands will have to play in the semi-finals against Olympic champion Latvia. The other match is between New Zealand and Austria.

First of three tournaments

The OKT in Hong Kong is the first of three qualifying tournaments. Only countries that have failed to qualify for the regular basketball tournament in the last two years will participate in the first tournament. After this, two more tournaments await. However, the Dutch men are not allowed to participate in the second qualifying tournament.

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