Spain spectacular on Day 4 of FIBA 3x3 World Championships

14 Oct 2016

GUANGZHOU (2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championships) – Spain’s men swept Pool C at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championships in Guangzhou, China on 14 October. Jacobine Klerx (Netherlands’ women) and Perrine Le Leuch (France’s women) put on a show and Indonesia and Egypt offered a proper thriller. Here's our wrap-up.

Team of the Day: Spain (men)

Just one day after the women’s national team beat USA and qualified for the quarter-finals, the men advanced as well. The team featuring 4 Malaga natives is now 4-0 in China after beating Poland (20-8) and Romania (21-16) on Friday. Jose Rojas was feeling it once again and had 12 points, including 4 two-pointers. The number 50 player in the world ranks 8th overall in scoring with 27 points.

They also won their pool: Slovenia (men), France and Netherlands (women)

Game of the Day: Indonesia – Egypt 21-20

3x3 is definitely a chance for new nations to shine in basketball competitions and Indonesia nearly reached the quarter-finals of the 3x3 World Championships after a 21-20 upset of Egypt. Egypt’s 20-year-old rising star Mido Mohamed had a game-high 10 points but Indonesia stood strong and escaped with the one-point win on a Vinton Nollan’s lay-up. Nollan scored 6 points in the win but the hero was another 20-year-old, 2014 3x3 Youth Olympian Rivaldo who contributed 9 points, including 3 shots from behind the arc.

Player of the Day: Jacobine Klerx (Netherlands’ women)

On Friday, Jacobine Klerx showed the Kobe in Jacobine with back-to-back double-digits games. After scoring 10 points against New Zealand, she had 10 of her team’s 14 points in the do-or-die one-point thriller against Poland (14-13). The 21-year-old now ranks 2nd in the scoring list with 33 points.

Stat of the Day: Perrine Le Leuch (France’s women) – 6 two-pointers

France started the day against Cook Islands but it was sharpshooter Perrine Le Leuch who was cooking on Friday. The 33-year-old - one of just two women who have competed in all 3 editions of the 3x3 World Championships (the other is Argentine’s Natacha Perez) - was red hot from behind the arc, finishing the game with 6 two-pointers.

Individual Contest: Shoot-Out Contest

They qualified for the final (Saturday 15 October): Paula Palomares (Spain), Natalie Romeo (USA), Angel Santana (Romania) and Tanalp Sengün (Turkey)


Relive Day 4

Day 5: 1.50-10.00pm on with the knock-out rounds and the finals of the shoot-out and dunk contest.