SZOLNOK (FIBA 3x3 U18 Europe Cup Qualifier) - U18 Europe Cup reigning champs France impressed in the women's category on Day 1 at the FIBA 3x3 U18 Europe Cup Hungary Qualifier in Szolnok on August 5 2017.
'Les Bleuettes' impressed in the pool phase after two convincing wins against Israel and Estonia, in which they conceded just 6 points combined. They will face neighbors Belgium tomorrow in the quarter-finals.
U18 World Cup silver medalists Czech Republic, hosts Hungary and Poland also had a clean record on Day 1.
In the scoring charts, Maxuella Lisowa-Mbaka (Belgium) crushed the scoring charts with 21 points, 9 more than joint second Nicole Gentle (Italy) and Simona Ruzková (Czech Republic).
In the men's category, Estonia, Great Britain, U18 World Cup silver medalists Netherlands and U18 World Cup bronze medalists Slovenia finished undefeated on Day 1.
Dutch rising star Yoeri Hoexum led the scoring charts with 14 points, followed by Thomas Pottier (France) and Tamir Schiller (Israel) who had 12 apiece.
5 mens' teams (4 quarter-finals winners + 1 winners of loser's bracket)
6 women's teams (4 quarter-finals winners + 2 winners of loser's bracket)
Hungary's men and women are automatically qualified as hosts. If they are one of the best 5 teams (in men) or 6 teams (in women), then the next best team in the final standings qualify for the U18 Europe Cup, which will be held in Debrecen, Hungary on September 1-3 2017.