ULAANBAATAR (FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup) – The 3x3 U18 World Cup Quarter Finals were confirmed on Day Four with USA taking centre stage again on June 6 2019.
USA women continued their domination to conclude pool play with victories over Hungary (21-3) and Poland (21-10) as Rickea Jackson and Olivia Cochran continued to lead their scoring and benefit from the leadership play of Hailey van Lith.
A key victory for New Zealand against Hungary (9-16) saw them grab the second spot in Pool B and progress to the Quarter Finals of the competition.
Japan progressed to 4-0 in Group D with a further two strong wins over Romania (21-7) and Belgium (6-18) with Akira Kitagawa being the striking force with 26 points through four games.
Indonesia grabbed the second spot in Pool D in dramatic fashion with a buzzer-beater victory in overtime against Switzerland (15-13) before managing to hold off Belgium to win (15-14) in the final women’s pool game of the day.
Women’s Quarter-Final Games
China (1) vs Philippines (14)
Japan (13) vs New Zealand (10)
USA (15) vs Indonesia (4)
France (3) vs Mexico (16)
In the men's side, Turkey improved to 4-0 with strong team play overcoming Jordan (8-16) and then keeping China (21-15) winless on day four, topping Group A and progressing in the competition. Italy meanwhile grabbed victory over a slow starting China (22-17) in the first game of the day and with confidence were able to secure a single point win over Slovenia (16-17) to secure second place in Pool A.
USA Men enhanced their good start with victory against Belarus (21-14) before handing hosts Mongolia (21-10) their first loss of the competition, however, Mongolia had done enough to qualify with the victory against Georgia (18-16) earlier in the day much to the delight of the home fans.
Men’s Quarter-Final Games
Turkey (17) vs Mongolia (14)
Argentina (20) vs Ukraine (7)
Russia (2) vs Romania (4)
USA (6) vs Italy (9)
In the individual contests, Veronika Kosmasch won gold for Ukraine at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2019 Skills Contest. Russia's Yana Velikanova was silver and New Zealand's Tayla Dalton won the bronze medal.
Zeng Yucheng, (China), Ramza Everts (Latvia), Shimizu Sakura (Japan) and Karina Esquer (Mexico) will compete for the medals tomorrow at the Shoot-Out Contest, while Rihards Aleksandrovs (Latvia), Nimari Burnet (USA), Aliaksei Navoichyk (Belarus) and Cagatay Özkan will compete at the dunk contest final.