France, unstoppable at FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League European conference

26 Jul 2018

PRAGUE (FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League) - France dominated both categories at the 3rd and 4th stops of the FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League European Conference, hosted in Prague on July 20 and 22, 2018.

The word to describe France's women at the 3x3 U23 Nations League so far? Unbeatable! Caroline Hériaud & Co. finished first in all 4 stops and obviously headline the general standings in Europe after the 3rd and 4th stops in Prague, Czech Republic, last weekend. Led by the #1 woman in the world, Caroline Heriaud, France have not lost a single game in the tournament. In the 3rd stop, they dominated Russia in the final (20-12). It was Ukraine's turn to take a beating in the final at the 4th stop (18-4!). Far behind France in the European Standings , only 15 points separate the team ranked 2nd (Ukraine) to the squad ranked 5th (Hungary).

1. France - 400 points
2. Ukraine - 260 points
3. Netherlands - 260 points
4. Russia - 255 points
5. Hungary - 245 points
6. Czech Republic - 200 points

France weren't totally as dominant with the men as they did lose to Ukraine (21-15) in the final of the 3rd stop. But they returned to their winning ways on Sunday, after edging out Russia (17-13) in the final. Both teams are first and second respectively in the Tour Standings. France, Russia and Ukraine have now built a big lead, which will be difficult to bridge for the last 3 with just 2 stops remaining.

1. France - 360 points
2. Russia - 320 points
3. Ukraine - 320 points
4. Netherlands - 230 points
5. Czech Republic - 205 points
6. Hungary - 185 points

There will be a total of 6 stops in the European Conference this season (last 2 stops in Debrecen, Hungary on September 1-2). The top 3 teams from each conference qualify for the U23 Nations League Final, which will be played in Hyderabad (India) on September 22-23.