Charnwood College – representing England – won bronze at the ISF World Schools 3×3 Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.
The four-day event culminated in victory for Russia, but England finished on a high led by the Charnwood quartet of Hosana Kitenge, Liam Johnson, Blaize Sagna and Greg Durand, coached by Will Maynard.
“To finish 3rd out of 27 teams is a phenomenal achievement for everyone involved,” Maynad said. “The majority of the boys have never had an opportunity like this, and I couldn’t be prouder of how they have responded in a hostile environment.
“We have all have made enjoyable memories and we will what we have learnt and experienced back to England. I’m massively looking forward to more competitions and experiences like this one.”
— Charnwood Basketball (@CharnwoodBball) June 28, 2018
England went 4-2 in the group phase with victories coming against Hungary, Kuwait, Chinese Taipei and Chile to advance to the last 16.
They defeated Latvia on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals where a five-point win over Slovenia booked a showdown with France for a place in the final.
However, England were narrowly edged out in a one-point defeat before bouncing back to claim bronze with a two-point triumph against Slovakia.
Day 1 – England 10-8 Hungary; England 20-22 Republic of Srpaka
Day 2 – England 21-5 Kuwait; England 18-14 Serbia; England 14-18 Chinese Taipei; England 21-10 Chile
Day 3 – England 13-11 Latvia (Last 16)
Day 4 – England 20-15 Slovenia (QF); England 20-21 France (SF); England 18-16 Slovakia (3rd place)
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