The Monterrey Graduate Institute of Monterey (ITESM) Toluca basketball team won third place in the FISU World Cup in the 3X3 method held in Istanbul, Turkey. Brazil won the double championship and Australia retained the sub-title.
Borregos from Tech Toluca consisted of Myron Molina, Rodrigo Dominguez, Ramon Limas and Luis Ochoa, coach Antonio Miguel, who scored goals in the World Cup after playing close matches.
In the group stage they faced New Zealand and Mongolia, in the first match they played on October 28 where they won 21-14, the second match was closed more but they came out with a victory of 15-12.
“Here there was a rule that the teams that were at the top in the group stage went straight to the quarter-finals, that’s how we got the ticket and played the University of Uganda, it was a very close match where we won by one point (15-14) which allowed us to qualify for the semi The final, which we played against the University of Australia where we lost by one point (15-14), ”said player Luis Ochoa.
Despite the defeat, the team got the possibility to fight for the bronze medal, the match was against the representative of Argentina, whom they had previously faced in the previous stage of FISU America that was held in Lima, Peru.
Luis Ochoa added: “It was the team we already knew that helped us win the match 16-9 and thus climb to the podium in third place in our first World Cup.”
It was a new experience for the players, but little by little they gained confidence and discovered the little details that lead to victory or defeat.
“It has been a very enriching experience for the four of us, and we will arrive with much more experience if we take an opportunity like this again next year,” said Myron Molina.
Ramon Lima gave details of the other countries represented, highlighting two-time champion Brazil, as well as Argentina and Mexico as representatives of America, as well as Lithuania, Algeria, Malaysia, Senegal, Slovenia, China and Turkey.
The process of reaching the World Cup begins with the state stage, the national (Universiada) where the first two places advance to Pan American (FISU America), in this edition 12 teams participated, five of whom qualified through the continental tournaments, one team as the previous winner, the host team, was selected Three of them are by FISU Continental Classification and two are by wildcard.
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