In their first game of the day, the reigning Asia Cup Champions in Australia took on the 2017 EuroCup gold medalists in Latvia.

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The Aussies had the first two points on the board but a few defensive lapses hurt them as Latvia managed to get back-door to spark a 6-1 answering run.

It was a physical and bruising encounter with Australia getting Latvia over the foul limit midway through the contest.

That helped them cut the deficit to one point at 7-8 but Latvia’s stringent defence was not giving up any field goals and once they got into the bonus themselves, Latvia scored five in a row to gain some breathing space again.

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A couple of late two-pointers from Tom Wright and Greg Hire gave Australia a glimmer of hope but Latvia shut the door instantly with a two of their own to seal a 20-16 win.

In their final group stage game, Australia faced Japan who were playing without a substitute due to an injury to one of their players.

It took the Aussies over a minute to get on the board but Andrew Steel got them started from beyond the arc before Wright and Tim Coenraad made their way to the basket for a 6-4 lead.

Australia began to exert their muscle under the rim, getting easy looks close to the basket while Greg Hire also showed off his strength with an and-one lay-up.

The game opened up from there with Japan’s lack of a substitution showing and Australia were able to cruise to a 22-12 win.

Unfortunately for the Australians, a Latvian win over Brazil in the following game ended their chances of a Quarter-Final berth with their debut FIBA 3×3 World Cup campaign coming to a premature end.

On the other side of the draw, the Aussie women swept their way though the first two group stage games and now aim to qualify for the Quarter-Finals tonight.

They meet Japan at 12.25am AEST and France at 3.05am AEST to round out their group stage.

All games will be live-streamed via the FIBA 3×3 YouTube channel while stats are available via the official tournament website and you can watch a replay of Australia’s two games from Day 3 below.


Australia’s schedule at the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup (all times AEST):

June 19: Australian men def. Brazil 21-15
June 19: Australian men def. by Poland 14-16
June 20: Australian women def. Andorra 22-9
June 20: Australian women def. Switzerland 20-14
June 21: Australian men def. by Latvia 16-20
June 21: Australian men def. Japan 22-12
June 22: Australian women vs. Japan at 12.25am
June 22: Australian women vs. France at 3.05am
June 22-23: Australian women Quarter-Finals between 11pm-4.15am
June 22-23: Australian men Quarter-Finals between 11.30pm-4.45am
June 23: Australian women Semi-Finals at 10.10pm or 10.40pm
June 23-24: Australian men Semi-Finals at 11.20pm or 12.05am
June 24: Australian women bronze medal at 1.40am, gold medal at 2.50am
June 24: Australian men bronze medal at 2.10am, gold medal at 3.30am

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