Serbia’s men and France’s women win FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup 2018

BUCHAREST (FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup 2018) – Serbia’s men and France’s women won the fourth edition of the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup in Bucharest, Romania on September 14-16.

Serbia won their first-ever FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup after defeating Latvia in the final in an absolute nail-biter (19-18). This marks the end of the Serbian curse as the 4-time World Champions had yet to win their first European crown.

Dusan Bulut added another MVP award to his trophy cabinet after leading Serbia to the title in the iconic location of the Bucharest Metropolitan Circus. The number one 3×3 player in the world scored 13 of his team’s 19 points in the final.

He was joined on the team of the tournament by Karlis Lasmanis (Latvia) and Simon Finzgar, who led Slovenia to the bronze medal.

In the women’s category, France also finished with a perfect 5-0 record and dominated Netherlands in the final (21-5).

Migna Touré was named MVP of the competition. The 23-year-old led France to their first-ever gold medal in the women’s category and finished the competition with 35 points. She was joined on the Team of The tournament by teammate Ana-Maria Filip and Ukraine’s Anna Olkhovyk, who scored a memorable Tissot buzzer beater in overtime in the bronze-medal game against Italy.

In the shoot-out contest, Angelo Tsagarakis added a second gold medal for France. Two women took home the other 2 medals: Romina Ciappina won silver for Belgium and Paula Palomares struck bronze for Spain.


Serbia and Italy win FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018

PHILIPPINES (FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018) – Serbia successfully defended the men’s title while Italy rose to the women’s category throne in the FIBA 3×3 World Cup at the Philippine Arena from June 8-12, 2018.

Serbia asserted their dominance of 3×3 with their third straight world title and fourth overall.

Just like in Nantes last year, Serbia waltzed their way to the top with an immaculate 7-0 record here in Bulacan led by no other than Dusan Bulut, who tallied 7 points in their Final win over rivals Netherlands, 16-13. It was a hard-fought win against a gritty Dutch side that wanted to avenge last year’s Finals loss, but Serbia proved to be equal to the task. Newcomer Stefan Stojacic also did well, hitting some big shots en route to 4 points in the Final.

Netherlands were led by Jesper Jobse’s 6 points, while “The Flying Dutchman” Sjoerd van Vilsteren added 4.

In the men’s bronze medal match, Poland had a hot start, but Slovenia proved to be too resilient. Gasper Ovnik hit the game-winning lay-up as Slovenia won, 21-16, and bagged the bronze medal.

Ovnik topped all scorers in the competition with 53 points, while Bulut was named MVP of the men’s category. Bulut was also joined by Jobse and Poland’s Michael Hicks on the Team of the Tournament.

In the women’s category, Italy completed their captivating cinderella run, dethroning Russia, 16-12, in the Final.

Rae Lin D’Alie stayed true to form, seizing the imagination of the crowd with her handles, court vision and scoring. The shortest player of the tournament (5ft 4in, 1.63m) proved to be too hot to handle for the Russians, who just couldn’t find their rhythm.

It was an historic ending for the Italian women, who had never won a medal in the team’s event at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup till this moment.

D’Alie dropped 7 points in the Final, while Giulia Rulli added 4. Russia, meanwhile, saw Anna Leshkovtseva leading the way with 4 points.

In the women’s bronze medal clash, the French took the early advantage and never let up as they defeated China, 21-14. Marie-Eve Paget finished China off with a 2-pointer and scored a total of 6 points.

Rae Lin D’Alie was named women’s MVP and top-scorer. She was joined by Leshkovtseva and China’s Li Yingyun in the Team of the Tournament.

More players were also feted with medals that were presented by FIBA and Philippines officials – including FIBA Vice-President Hamane Niang, Bulacan Mayor Joni Villanueva and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Sonny Barrios – in the individual contests.

Alexandra Theodorean made history by winning her second World Cup Skills Contest , 2 years after winning in Guangzhou, China. France’s Marie-Eve Paget got the silver medal, while Kazakhstan’s Zalina Kurazova took home the bronze.

The hosts’ very own Janine Pontejos prevailed in the Shoot-Out Contest and won the first-ever FIBA 3×3 World Cup gold medal for the Philippines. Russia’s Alexandra Stolyar earned a silver medal for Russia, while Hrvoje Marin settled for the bronze.

Ukraine’s Dmitry “Smoove” Krivenko, meanwhile, was adjudged the winner of the Dunk Contest., his second World title .He scored a total of 130 points, including 79 in the Final, where he beat France’s Guy Dupuy. His repertoire included a dunk where he caught the ball after bouncing it between his legs for an emphatic one hand jam, for which he was given a perfect 30. Dupuy pocketed the silver, while Filipino high-flyer David Carlos received the bronze.



Bucharest to host FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup 2018

The fourth edition of the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup will be staged in Bucharest, Romania on September 14-16, 2018.

The Romanian capital will play host to the most important 3×3 national team competition in Europe for a record third time in four editions, cementing its legacy as one of the capitals of 3×3.

Romania shined in previous editions: men won gold in 2014 while women struck silver in 2016.

The event will be hosted by the Romanian Basketball Federation and organized by Sport Arena Streetball.

The exact venue will be announced at a later date.

Fifty-nine teams (men and women combined) from 33 countries have registered to earn their ticket to the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup, a significant growth compared to last year’s edition.

In 2017, 46 teams from 26 countries participated.

These teams will compete in one of the three qualifiers held in Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra) on June 23-24, Poitiers (France) on June 29-30 and Constanta (Romania) on June 30 – July 1.

Twelve men’s teams and 12 women’s teams will compete in Bucharest on September 14-16.

Russia’s women and Latvia’s men are the reigning European champions following their heroics in Amsterdam, Netherlands on July 7-9, 2017.



FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018 to be played in world’s largest indoor arena

MANILA – The 55,000-capacity Philippine Arena will be the venue of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018 in Manila, Philippines on June 8-12.

The two previous Manila-based FIBA 3×3 events – in the SM Megamall and the Robinsons Place Mall for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour in 2014 and 2015 – drew such an unprecedented crowd that the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018 will be held in the world’s largest indoor arena.

Inaugurated in July 21, 2014, the state-of-the-art Philippine Arena is located just outside Manila, in Ciudad de Victoria.

On October 27, 2017, 54,083 fans set a new attendance record for Game Seven of the PBA Governor’s Cup Finals.

The Philippine Arena will also be one of the venues of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.