BUDAPEST (Hungary) - France and Russia won the third edition of the FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League at the World Urban Games in Budapest on September 13-15.
In the men's category, France went back-to-back after defeating Russia in the final. Franck Séguéla and Timothé Vergiat paced Les Bleus with 7 points each in the title game. Russia's Dmitrii Cheburkin put up 9 for the runner-ups, who had were undefeated before the final despite playing the entire event without substitute. Cheburkin was named MVP of the competition after largely dominating the scoring charts (54 points in 5 games).
Ukraine won bronze after defeating Belarus in the 3rd place game (18-16). The medals were handed out by Paul Baumann, the son of the late Patrick Baumann, former GAISF and FIBA President.
In the women's division, Russia dethroned reigning champs France after a nail-biting 16-13 final. Olga Frolkina led the Russians in scoring with 6 points in the final and Lisa Berkani had 4 for the runner-ups.
Ekaterina Polyashova was named MVP after leading Russia to 5 straight wins and finishing second overall in scoring (just behind Ukraine rising star Viktoriia Kondus).
China won bronze after defeating the Netherlands in the 3rd-place game (21-9). GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli awarded the medals in the women's category.
This was the third edition of the 3x3 U23 Nations League, which was launched to offer an opportunity for the future talents to hone their skills in preparation for the FIBA 3x3 World Cup, multi-sport games and future Olympic Games.
The competition was included in the program of the first-ever World Urban Games. which featured 6 competition sports and disciplines (BMX freestyle, Breaking, Flying Disc Freestyle, Parkour, Roller Freestyle and 3x3) and 2 showcase sports (Indoor Rowing and Laser Run).
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 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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