TEAM MELBOURNE SET TO COMPETE IN 3X3 JAPANESE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

TEAM MELBOURNE SET TO COMPETE IN 3X3 JAPANESE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

'Team Melbourne' is set to represent Australia on the international 3x3 stage this weekend when they head to Miyazaki for the Japanese Invitational Tournament.

Hannah Zavecz, Izzy Chilcott, Kelly Bowen and Chantella Perera will come up against two Japanese teams and a South Korea representative side in three games across two days before the top two teams advance to the final.

Becoming accustomed to the game through the NBL 3x3 Pro Hustle tournaments, Zavecz and Chilcott will now gain some international experience.

Bowen last represented her country at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championships while Perera is coming off a gold medal at the 2017 FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup where she finished as the tournament's eighth highest scorer with an average of five points per game.

"Team Melbourne were selected from the performances of players through the NBL 3x3 Hustle tournaments as well as their performances during our 3x3 Talent ID camps," said Dave Biwer, National 3x3 Pathway Manager.

"The close proximity of the four players also helped in terms of their training before heading off to Japan."

The two Japanese teams that Australia will face come from the only professional 3x3 women's league in the world and as well as that valuable experience against high-quality opponents, prize-money and FIBA 3x3 ranking points are also on offer.

"It's important for us to participate in these invitational tournaments as it ensures Australia remains relevant in the 3x3 sphere while players are also given the chance to see what opportunities 3x3 offers internationally."

The tournament will be live-streamed via the official website here.

Team Melbourne's Schedule for the Japan 3x3 Invitational Tournament (all times AEDT):

November 24: Team Melbourne vs. Tokyo Dime at 3pm
November 24: Team Melbourne vs. Tachikawa Dice at 4.30pm
November 25: Team Melbourne vs. WKBL W-Tigers at 4.05pm
November 25: Final at 5.15pm