RJ Abarrientos claims FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup shooting crown

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 07, 2018 05:29 PM
RJ Abarrientos claims FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup shooting crown
It seems a new crop of the Abarrientos clan is living up to the family name. (Photo courtesy of FIBA)

It seems a new crop of the Abarrientos clan is living up to the family name.

FEU Baby Tamaraw RJ Abarrientos is the latest member from the brood to etch his name in the record books as he won the FIBA 3x3 U-23 World Cup shoot-out contest in Xi'An, China, besting Aleksandr Antonikovskii of Russia and Laura Zdravevska of Germany.

The 5'8" guard, who averaged 13.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists for FEU-Diliman last season is the nephew of FEU and Alaska legend Johnny 'The Flying A' Abarrientos. 

Abarrientos and the second-place Antonikovskii actually were tied in the final round with nine points (seven threes and one moneyball), although the Filipino managed to finish quicker.

The win adds a ninth-place finish for the 19th-seeded Philippine delegation of UP Fighting Maroon Ricci Rivero, Abarrientos, former UST Growling Tiger Jeepy Faundo, and former NU Bullpup Rhyyan Amsali.

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