Team Miners had a hard ground to dig through during Day 1 of the Pegnous 3x3 Challenger in Abidjan. With eight teams placed into two groups of 4 teams, Team Miners found themselves in Pool B ranked as the number 1 ranked team coming into the tournament. They were paired with Kene File from Mali, W6 from Cote’ D’ivoire, and "The One” team from Cote D’Ivoire.
Game one was a hard battle for Team Miners going against the number 1 ranked team in Ivory Coast The One team. The first game ended 6-17 against Miners. The second game saw Miners showing signs of the reason they made it to this tournament with some great display of team work but they came up short of a victory against a strong Malian team Kene File finishing 15-19 in favor of the Malian Team. Miners’ last game on day 1 also happened to be the last game of the day with them going up against another Ivorian team W6. Miners came into the last game with energy, skill, and great team chemistry and their progressive effort paid of well with a 15-8 victory which was crucial in determining their seeding going into knockout round in Day 2.
Day 2 will see teams playing in the knockout phase of the tournament, and Miners going against another Ivory team Alkayoum who were ranked 4th coming into the tournament. Miners can’t take any chances in a slow start, they will have to start the game better than day 1 and finish stronger than all their preliminary games. Miners still have a chance to finishing on the podium but will need to be consistent to earn that spot.