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Jamaica’s 3×3 ballers jump to sixth in Americas

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Jamaica’s 3x3 ballers jump to sixth in Americas

“Some persons are not keen on us playing any regional competitions at this point in time, but it’s important to keep our ranking up. Our ranking will determine whether or not we get invited to things like CAC Games, PanAm Games, Commonwealth Games, those are the sort of things and if you’re not invited to those situations, you’ve missed a lot of opportunities for the youngsters,” he explained.

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With rankings resting both on international tournament results and local 3×3 activity, the association plans to keep the momentum going at home

GOOD RESULTS at last weekend’s AmeriCup 3×3 Basketball have boosted the nation’s ranking from 16 to number 6 in the Americas. According to Jamaica Basketball Association president Paulton Gordon, there is already a different buzz about the hoopsters in black-green-and-gold.

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Jamaica’s men started in the qualifying rounds in last weekend’s tournament in Miami, Florida and clipped the sixth-seeded Chileans to reach the quarter-finals. Their play saw them lose only to the tournament’s eventual gold and silver medallists, the USA and Brazil. “Immediately, you start to see a different buzz in terms of our regional status. In fact, on Monday morning when I checked, we were immediately invited to the Canuck-Caribbean Games next June. I don’t think we were on the radar for that because we were not playing any basketball. We were not playing any 3×3. Based on the performance over the weekend, the men were immediately invited because we are now the top-ranked Caribbean 3×3 team,” said Gordon.

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For Gordon, the result underscores the importance of the AmeriCup venture.

“Some persons are not keen on us playing any regional competitions at this point in time, but it’s important to keep our ranking up. Our ranking will determine whether or not we get invited to things like CAC Games, PanAm Games, Commonwealth Games, those are the sort of things and if you’re not invited to those situations, you’ve missed a lot of opportunities for the youngsters,” he explained.

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With rankings resting both on international tournament results and local 3×3 activity, the association plans to keep the momentum going at home.

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