Successful trip for basketball team

The men’s 3x3 basketball team finished fourth at the FISU 3x3 World University League in China.

After a week of demanding pool play in Xiamen, China, the University's 3x3 basketball team finished fourth out of 16 participating countries.

Lis Haraqia, Sam Aruwa, Shay Graham and Zac Easthope made the long trip overseas to meet tertiary teams from around the world out on the court.

They played the Faculty of Technology of Alagos from Brazil in game one, Uganda’s Ndejje University in game two, and Payame Noor University in Iran in game three.

Commerce and Law student Lis says the week was an unbelievable and unforgettable one.

"The atmosphere, the people, and the level of competition made it an experience I could only have dreamed of," he says.

The team got to play all their matches in an impressive stadium at Huaqiao University.

Zac, who is studying toward a Bachelor of Science, says Xiamen was an awesome city, and the opportunity allowed them to meet some great people from around the world.

Of coming fourth, he says "it wasn’t the finish we wanted but fourth in the world isn’t too bad!"

"I’m looking forward to gearing up for next year’s UTSNZ 3x3 Nationals to once again compete against New Zealand’s best teams," he says.

Lis agrees. "I'm going to do everything I can this summer to make sure we get back there next year, and do even better than we did this year," he says.