Exciting start to the Herbalife 3×3 Series Madrid Open. The men’s competition opened the central court located in Madrid’s Plaza de Salvador Dalí. 16 teams gave their all to advance to the semifinals to be played on Saturday afternoon.
The curtain opened with the confrontation between “Be Goat Team” and “Bàsquet Girona 3×3”, a meeting that fueled the excitement due to its high competitive level, Girona being one of the great favorites.
Despite the heat, the shock was high voltage. The “Bàsquet Girona 3×3” demonstrated before “Flower Six” that they come to the Spanish capital with the intention of winning the tournament. With a very intense and close match, in which a triple in the last 10 seconds gave the victory, by 21 to 19, to the team chaired by Marc Gasol.
Group B was one of the most contested of this first phase. In the first match, Iván Cruz’s 3×3 Pitius defeated a Valencia Basket 3×3 that could not dominate in the paint despite the quality of Sergio Mendiola. The defeat left the Valencians with no margin for error, but they were able to carry out two tough games: against MMB and, above all, against 3×3 Bijeljina, a Serbian team that has remained very close to the quarterfinals
The quarterfinals will face Bàsquet Girona and Next MVP Badalona; Bit2Me Onil 3×3 and Valencia Basket 3×3; 3×3 Pitius and Nothing Personal; and finally Fresno 3×3 Madrid against FlowerSix
Despite the anti-COVID security restrictions, the stands showed a great atmosphere with an audience determined to enjoy and very participative in the Herbalife Challenge, Mundo Deportivo and Madison Challenge contests.
During the morning of Saturday the women’s group stage and the amateur triples contest will take place, while the professionals will offer us the entire show with their dunks and triples from 7 in the afternoon. Then, the semifinals and finals for women and men will arrive, which will be attended by Teledeporte cameras. RTVE’s thematic channel is clearly committed to this sport and the Herbalife 3×3 Series.
At the end of the day, the prizes will be awarded, with the same economic amounts for the male and female category. The next tournament will be the Zaragoza Open, on July 23 and 24.
Basketball Girona vs Next MVP Badalona
Bit2Me Onil 3×3 vs Valencia Basket 3×3
3×3 Pitius vs Nothing Personal
Fresno 3×3 Madrid vs FlowerSix
19:00 Triple Competition
19:45 Math Contest
20:30 Semifinal 1 (Fem)
20:53 Semifinal 2 (Fem)
21:16 Semifinal 1 (More)
21:39 Semifinal 2 (More)
22:02 Final (Fem)
22:25 Final (More)