SPECTRES iATHLETIC THROUGH TO WORLD TOUR
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | The very first FIBA 3x3 Challenger on Australian soil took place harborside in Sydney over the weekend, with the strong performances of the Spectres-iAthletic men in the Australian Pro Hustle events, paired with the top two individually ranked players in Australia seeing the Spectres as Melbourne’s invite into the event.
Needing to win through the qualifying draw, Andrew Steel and the three Tom’s (Wright, Greer and Garlepp) took care of business on the Friday, knocking off Kranj (Slovenia) and Auckland (New Zealand) to make their way through to the main draw.
The Spectres-iAthletic team then came up big on the second day of the tournament, with Tom Wright returning to Melbourne to fulfil his SEABL team commitments, it was left to Steel, Greer and Garlepp to take on the best the world had to throw at them, beating; Lausanne (Switzerland) and Adjuntas (Puerto Rico) to set up a Grand Final showdown with Piran (Slovenia), the #4 ranked team in the world.
Piran proved to be one obstacle too many for the exhausted Spectres-iAthletic team, ruining the fairy tale run in the sides maiden World Challenger event. Spectres-iAthletic did however win their way into their first ever World Tour event in Utsunomiya, Japan on July 28-29 - becoming Australia’s forst ever team to qualify for the World Tour since its inaugural edition in 2012.
Seven of the fourteen teams are set to contest the Utsunomiya Masters; Ljubljana (SLO), Zemun (SRB), Auckland (NZL), Liman (SRB), Humpolec Bernard (CZE), Piran (SLO) and Spectres-iAthletic (AUS).