SINGAPORE - The first FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup in three years was worth the wait as the continental championships returned with a bang on July 6-10.
Here's all we learned from the five-day spectacle played at the footsteps of the iconic Marina Bay Sands in beautiful Singapore.
Australia continue Asian domination
Having barely played since the Covid-19 pandemic, robbing them momentum, there was an unknown over Australia. But there was no need to worry as it was business as usual.
Australia's men claimed a three-peat after a tough win in the final over their rival New Zealand. It stretched their remarkable winning streak to 16 games in the Asia Cup with their last loss being in 2017 against Mongolia in the semi-finals.
Australia had three members of Melbourne's team who reached the semi-finals of the Manila Masters and that chemistry was vital. They added towering Daniel Johnson, who was a force inside and outside the paint as Australia continued their dominance in this competition.
Newcomer Jesse Wagstaff shone in his international debut and took home the MVP as Australia loom as the favorites at the upcoming Commonwealth Games, where 3x3 makes its debut.