McGill, Regina basketball squads reach the podium at 3×3 World University League

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Four members of the McGill Redmen (men) captured the gold medal while a quartet of Regina Cougars (women) won silver, at the second annual 3×3 basketball FISU World University League, held in Xiamen, China from October 21 to 23.

McGill defeated Université de Bordeaux of France 17-9 in the championship game, after recording a perfect 6-0 record, with wins over Argentina’s Universidad Nacional de La Matanza, as well as China’s Huaqiao University (host) and Tsinghua University, the University of Macau (quarterfinals) and Croatia’s University of Split (semifinals).  The title is the second straight by a Canadian U Sports school in the men’s tournament, after UQAM stood atop the podium in last year’s inaugural event.

The Redmen were represented by fourth-years Michael Peterkin (guard/forward), Dele Ogundokun (guard), François Bourque (forward), and Sebastian Beckett (centre).

With the win, the Redmen advance to the 2016 FIBA 3×3 All Stars event to be held in Doha, Qatar on November 18.

On the women’s side, Regina claimed the silver medal after falling 21-14 to Lithuanian Sports University in the deciding match. The Cougars also went undefeated in the preliminary round, claiming top spot in the division with victories over Beijing Normal University from China, Magnitogorsk State University of Russia, Thailand’s Sripatum University, Slovenia’s University of Ljubljana (quarterfinals), and Chinese Cultural University (semifinals).

Fourth-year guard Sara Hubenig, second-year guard Michaela Kleisinger, along with fifth years Charlotte Kot, and Katie Polischuk represented the Cougars.

A total 32 universities from 23 countries competed in the 2016 World University League.

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