The goal of the ongoing competition in Graz, Austria, is to win a place in the Tokyo Olympics that begin in July this year. But for the Uruguayan 3×3 women’s basketball team, having been part of a pre-Olympic was a triumph in itself. They were in this competition for the first time and participation was a goal accomplished.
The Charruas were eliminated in the first phase after competing with world powers. Only the best two teams from each group will advance to the quarterfinals.
Against the best in the world
The participation ended today against the United States, the leader of the group, which has four WNBA players; the dispute ended 22 to 5. The points were four from Pereyra, two with a great triple with a mark above.
But prior to the final match, our team had its best match in this pre-Olympic tournament. Against Indonesia he finished 22 to 15: eight points for Pereyra, six points for Aldana Gayoso and one for Florencia Somma.
The debut of the Uruguayans, who faced some of the best teams in the world in this discipline, was on Thursday, with two games.
The first game was against Germany and it was 21-12. It was fairly even until the last two minutes, in which the Germans were superior and took advantage. Aldana Gayoso scored six points and the other two goals each.
On that same day, they faced one of the favorites, France, which is in the best positions of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) ranking. The Charrúa began winning, until the French could take advantage and the match ended 20 to 9. Florencia Somma scored three points and her teammates two each.
The celestial ones left everything on the court. Competing out of passion and love of the shirt, being one hundred percent amateur, having to apply for the days to travel to compete in their jobs and studies. Facing the best in the world, players who live off and for basketball, they showed an excellent level. Not only is it a before and after for the women’s category of this discipline, but it is also a milestone in the personal careers of these four athletes who practice basketball out of passion and put the same effort as any professional.