Japan's women and Qatar's men win 3x3 U18 Asian Championships

24 Jul 2016

CYBERJAYA (2016 FIBA 3x3 U18 Asian Championships) - Japan's women and Qatar's men won the second edition of the FIBA 3x3 U18 Asian Championships in Cyberjaya, Malaysia on 22-24 July 2016.

Japan's women had a perfect 7-0 record in the Gem-In shopping mall thanks to their suffocating defense, allowing less than 9 points on average during the tournament. In the final, Kazakhstan could not match with Japan's speed and intensity and eventually bowed down 16-20.

Malaysia completed the women's podium after a 16-7 win against Singapore.

The two finalists Momoka Ishiyama (Japan) and sharpshooter Luiza Zukova (Kazakhstan) joined top scorer and MVP Thi Tieu Duy Nguyen (Vietnam) in the Team of the Tournament.

In the men's category, the reigning U18 3x3 World Champs Qatar remained undefeated though it proved to be more challenging than expected for the men in maroon (21-19 against Japan in the pool stage especially).

Qatar had an uncontested success in the final against Philippines though, winning 21-9 on a Nedim Muslic basket.

In the bronze medal game, the talented Yee Tong Heng led Malaysia past Japan (21-14). 

Heng also won the scoring charts at home and was named MVP. He was joined by Qatar's Alen Hadzibegovic and Philippines' John Clemente in the Team of the Tournament.

Kawachi Kodai offered a second gold medal for Japan after shining at the shoot-out contest. Indonesia's Yoveta Paguno and Sri Lanka's Arnold Thevakuman struck silver and bronze respectively.