Serbia and USA win FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2023
VIENNA (Austria) - Serbia’s men and the United States women won the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2023, which took place in Vienna, Austria on May 30 - June 4.
In the men's category, Serbia extended their historic World Cup heroics, capturing their sixth title in just 8 editions after defeating USA (21-19) in the final. The “Maestro” Dejan Majstorovic had a game-high 7 points in the thriller against the US.
Latvia defeated Brazil 22-12 to claim the bronze medal. The duo of Karlis Lasmanis and Nauris Miezis combined for 13 points in the game before Agnis Čavars scored the two to hand Latvia the victory.
Strahinja Stojacic, Serbia's top scorer with 55 points, was named 3x3 World Cup MVP in Vienna. He headlined the Team of the Tournament and was joined by USA’s Jimmer Fredette, who had a stellar 3x3 World Cup debut with a 59-point show, including 10 in the final against Serbia. They were also joined by Nauris Mieizis, from Latvia.
In the women’s category, USA took home gold for the third time with a 16-12 win against last year’s champions France. Stars Hailey Van Lith and Cierra Burdick combined for 14 points to carry their side to victory. Cameron Brink was the centerpiece of their offense, finishing the tournament with 39 points, which earned her the title of World Cup MVP. Laetitia Guapo (France) and Marena Whittle (Australia) also featured in the Team of the Tournament.
In the women’s bronze medal game, Australia defeated China 20-21. Marena Whittle scored 11 points, taking her campaign total to a whopping 70 points.
The winners were awarded their trophies from Hamane Niang, FIBA's president.
Polish dunker Piotr "Grabo" Grabowski won the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2023 dunk contest. The 6-foot (1.83m) dunking sensation dominated, beating out Joel Henry (Great Britain) who took home silver and Rafal "Lipek" Lipinski (Poland) who won bronze.