The Malta 3×3 basketball section held its first of five local ranking events as part of the 2022 Malta series on Saturday. The event follows Malta’s venture into European qualifying this summer in Cyprus and aims to grow the local community.
The first ‘stop’ was held at the Malta National Aquarium and featured 15 teams, 10 in the male category and five in the female category.
Speaking to the Times of Malta after the event, 3×3 Malta representative Steffi De Martino was enthusiastic and said they were not expecting such a good turnout.
“The turnout was great. I didn’t expect such a great response for the first stop and we even saw ex-players come to play which was great,” she said.
“In the women’s sector, we’re expecting more teams to participate once FIBA U-16 and U-18 are over. I’d love to see eight to 10 women’s teams like we had in the men’s competition.”
The men’s teams were separated into two pools of five teams, facing each other in the semifinals. The women’s format on Saturday was a round robin, with the first-placed team heading directly into the final on September 3, while the runners-up and third-placed teams will have to play a semi-final.
The series continues on July 30, when the second ‘stop’ is set to take place at Tigne Point. One can register for the event HERE.