Poland and Russia perfect through three stops at FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League 2021

9 Jul 2021

SAMORIN (Slovakia) - It was a clean sweep for Poland (women) and Russia (men) through the first three stops of the Europe 1 conference at the FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League 2021. Neither team got a single L in 9 games, setting themselves atop the standings.

Here are the standings after Stop 3:

Russia: 300 pts
Austria: 220 pts
Poland: 210 pts
Slovakia: 180 pts
Hungary: 160 pts
Germany: 145 pts

Poland: 300 pts
Russia: 210 pts
Hungary: 190 pts
Germany: 185 pts
Austria: 165 pts
Slovakia: 165 pts

On the women’s side Poland, the number three seed, led by the event's top two scorers, Aleksandra Ziemborska and Weronika Papiernik defeated Russia in the Stop 1 final, 19-12, before taking care of business in Stop 2 vs. Germany, 21-14. In the third and final stop, Poland once again bested Russia in the final, 21-17 to stay undefeated.

The men’s competition was also one-sided, with Russia posting a perfect 9-0 record over three stops. Andrey Kiselev, Nikita Padun, and Vladislav Sharapov were all on fire, each scoring at least 39 points over three stops. They defeated Austria and Poland twice in the finals, leaving no doubt that they were the best team in Slovakia.

Top overall scorers

1. Nico Kaltenbrunner (Austria) 63 pts
2. Adrian Bogucki (Poland) 55
3. Andrey Kiselev (Russia) 49
4. Jakob Wonisch (Austria) 42
5. Nikita Padun (Russia) 39
- Vladislav Sharapov (Russia) 39

1. Aleksandra Ziemborska (Poland) 61 pts
2. Weronika Papiernik (Poland) 47
-Theresa Simon (Germany) 47
4. Agnes Torok (Hungary) 43
5. Marta Marcinkowska (Poland) 42 pts

The U23 Nations League will continue in Lithuania (July 15-17) for more summer 3x3 action.