Oceania Supports Otago University Men’s Basketball Team To Exceptional Result
Oceania Dairy recently sponsored the Otago University Men’s 3×3 basketball team to compete in the World event in China. Coach Mitchell Langton says, “the team can’t thank Oceania and Yili enough for their support which enabled us to compete at this tournament and represent New Zealand”. The team arrived in Xiamen on 29 October 2019 and went straight into practice at Huaquao University on the coldest day of the tournament at just 24 degrees. The games are non-stop and typically harder than a regular full court 5 on 5 game.
While the University of Brazil ended up winning the tournament, the University of Otago managed a creditable 5th due to scoring the highest total points in their 4 games, which was a tremendous achievement considering it was their first year competing in this event. Mitchell comments that “we will be working towards preparing for next year by winning our national 3×3 competition which will qualify us for China. Next year they will be having an extra pre-China qualifying tournament in Fiji”. Teams will have to make top two in New Zealand in the national tournament and top two in Fiji to qualify for the FISU 3×3 University Worlds again.