Japan's men and Australia's women win FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup 2019

24 Aug 2019

CYBERJAYA (FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup 2019) - Japan and Australia dominated the 5th edition of the FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup 2019 at the Gem-In Mall in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, on August 22-24.

Japan were in sizzling form throughout culminating in a brilliant performance in the final against Kazakhstan, where they won easily 21-13.

Japan enjoyed an unbeaten campaign although they survived a fright in the semi-finals needing overtime to defeat Australia 18-17 in a dramatic contest.

Qualifier Australia claimed bronze after beating No.1 seeds China 21-17 in a tight game.

Seishin Yokochi was named MVP after a game-high 9 points in the final. Daniel Foster from Australia and Kazakhstan's Arsentiy Kushniruk joined the Japanese rising star on the team of the tournament.

In the women's category, Australia had a perfect 5-0 record and dominated Japan in the final with a decisive 21-10 victory. Japan came in confident after defeating defending champions China in the semi-finals but were no match for an Australian team firing on all cylinders.

The Philippines took home the bronze after thrillingly beating No.1 seeds China 14-11.

Australia's Shyla Heal – the daughter of Australian basketball legend Shane Heal – won the MVP award after leading her team in scoring and hitting a game-high 8 points in the final.

Japan's Saori Yasue also made the team of tournament after leading all scorers with 42 points and was joined by Kristine Cayabyab from the Philippines.

In the shoot-out contest, Akitoshi Oguri won gold for Japan, Zebin Wu earned silver for China and Xianglin Wu (China) struck bronze.

The FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup 2019 brought together 31 teams from 17 countries.

FINAL STANDINGS

MEN
1. Japan
2. Kazakhstan
3. Australia
4. China
5. Philippines
6. New Zealand
7. Mongolia
8. Turkmenistan
9. Kyrgyzstan
10. Vietnam
11. Malaysia
12. Sri Lanka
13. India
14. Thailand
15. Chinese Taipei
16. South Korea
17. Maldives

WOMEN
1. Australia
2. Japan
3. Philippines
4. China
5. New Zealand
6. Thailand
7. India
8. Mongolia
9: Kazakhstan
10. Sri Lanka
11. Malaysia
12. Turkmenistan
13. Chinese Taipei
14. Maldives

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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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