Friesen advances to FIBA three-on-three finals
Joel Friesen is taking his talents to South Beach.
The Abbotsford basketball player has advanced to the finals of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters competition, which runs Sept. 22-23 in Miami.
Friesen teamed up with a group of fellow Canada West university stars – Jordan Baker (Alberta Golden Bears), Dominyc Coward (Lethbridge Pronghorns) and Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (Calgary Dinos) – to win a first-round tournament in Edmonton in June.
That victory advanced them to a tourney in New York City in mid-August. They made it to the semifinals, which was good enough to qualify them for to the championship event in Miami. The finals will feature 12 teams from around the world.
Friesen's squad went 3-1 in the group stage, with wins over Orlando (21-11), NY Bronx (14-10) and Dallas (21-8), and their lone loss coming against San Juan, Puerto Rico (16-12).
In the knockout round, the Canadian team drew Philadelphia and punched their ticket to Miami with a 21-12 victory. They fell to eventual tourney champ Denver in the semifinals (20-18).
Friesen, a Yale Secondary grad, transferred from the University of the Fraser Valley to the University of Alberta this summer. He'll sit out the 2012-13 season due to transfer rules.