Serbia wins FIBA 3x3 World Cup title, Philippines finishes 11th
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 22, 2017 06:24 PM
Team Chooks-Pilipinas finished with a 2-2 slate to settle with an 11th place finish. (Photo courtesy of FIBA)
Serbia came out on top, while the Philippines settled for an 11th place finish in the 2017 FIBA 3x3 World Cup in Nantes, France held last June 17-21.
Serbia won the final in a thriller against the Netherlands, 21-18 led by leading scorer and MVP Dejan Majstrovic's 11 points and Dusan Domovic Bulut's 8.
The Serbs swept through the competition to end the tournament with a clean 7-0 record and the title for the nation's third world championship.
Joey Schelvis had 8 points in a losing effort as the Dutchmen ended up with silver.
Meanwhile, host France edged out Slovenia, 18-17 in the bronze-medal game.
The Philippine team composed of rising stars Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, along with veteran JR Quinahan, opened pool play with a thrilling victory against Romania, but suffered two straight losses at the hands of France and Slovenia.
The Chooks-Pilipinas squad ended their 3x3 World Cup campaign with a win over El Salvador to come back home with an even 2-2 record, good for an 11th place finish in the men's division.
In the women's category, Russia finished the event undefeated and dominated Hungary, 19-12 in the final to take home the title led by Anna Leshkovtseva and Anastasia Logunova who had 6 points apiece.
Ukraine redeemed themselves in the bronze-medal game with a 15-13 victory over the Netherlands.
Leshkovtseva was named MVP and was joined by Bozoki and the Netherlands' Karin Kuijt in the Team of the Tournament.
Nine more medals were handed out by FIBA officials - including FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann and FIBA Vice-President Hamane Niang - in the individual contests.
Claudia Brunet made history for Andorra by winning the skills contest. The Netherlands' Kuijt earned silver while Japan's Yui Hanada collected bronze on her birthday.
Crowd favorite Tsagarakis took home gold in the shoot-out contest. Schelvis earned the Netherlands' a third silver medal at the event and last year's FIBA 3x3 World Cup MVP Michaela Uhrova (Czech Republic) won bronze.
The dunk contest competition featured an all-time record 5 professional dunkers and Poland's Rafal 'Lipek' Lipinski struck gold with a series of dazzling slams, including a jam over 7 people. Chris Staples (USA) won silver while Vadim 'Miller' Piddubchenko (Ukraine) earned a bronze medal.
Here are the Final standings of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017:
9. Puerto Rico
15. New Zealand
17. South Korea
19. El Salvador
20. Sri Lanka
7. Czech Republic