France go back to back at FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships

5 Jun 2016

ASTANA (2016 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships) - France won their second consecutive title at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships after beating USA in the final (21-12) in Astana, Kazakhstan on 5 June.

France remained undefeated during the entire tournament and showed great confidence in the quarter-finals and semi-finals where they won two one-point games in a row (13-12 against Netherlands and 15-14 against Spain respectively).

The final was a rematch of last year's edition but this time France cruised to an easy win thanks to the strong play of Diene Diane, who scored 9 points including two shots from behind the arc.

The tournament's MVP and top scorer Astou Gaye added 6. Johana Lukoki and Sarah Shematsi contributed 5 and 1 points respectively.

Amber Ramirez led USA with 5 points in the final. France's suffocating defense limited the event's second leading scorer Megan Walker to just 2 points in the game.

In the bronze medal game, Spain defeated Czech Republic 18-12. The versatile Laia Solé topped all scorers in the game with 8 points.