DEBRECEN (FIBA 3x3 U18 Europe Cup 2018) - Hungary's men and Belgium's women struck gold at the FIBA 3x3 U18 Europe Cup 2018 in Debrecen, Hungary on August 31 - September 2.
Hungary - who started the competition with a loss against Serbia - avenged their pool phase defeat in the final (20-17) in a packed Kossuth Square, in front of the iconic Great Reformed Church.
The MVP of the tournament, Maté Mokanszki finished with 40 points and led Hungary to their first gold medal in the men's category after winning the competition with the women last year. Pere Sureda (Spain) and event top scorer Victor Bogdan (Romania) joined Mokanszki on the team of the tournament.
Serbia won silver and Spain earned bronze after beating Romania in the 3rd place game.
In the women's category, Belgium dominated France in the final 12-4. This means Belgium and Hungary won gold 2 years in a row at the event, only they traded the men and women's titles! Russia took home the bronze medal after edging out Spain in an absolute thriller.
The MVP of the women's category Becky Massey finished as top scorer in the women's category with 28 points and was joined by Diaba Konaté (France) and Alexandra Andrushchenko from Russia on the team of the tournament.
In the shoot-out contest, Katerina Galickova won gold for Czech Republic, Pere Sureda earned silver for Spain and Nemanja Nadfeji (Germany) won bronze.
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ABOUT FIBA 3x3
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour (www.fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour) and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups. On June 9, 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
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