France and Poland double up at FIBA 3x3 U17 Europe Cup 2022 France Qualifier

8 Aug 2022

VOIRON (France) - France and Poland accomplished something special last weekend: both their men and women's national teams earned their ticket to the FIBA 3x3 U17 Europe Cup 2022 at the France Qualifier in Voiron on August 6-7.

France's women were among the most dominating teams in Voiron. In fact, only 3 other squads remained undefeated (Czech Republic's women, Croatia and Israel's men). They had a perfect 4-0 record, thanks to their top scorer Margot Ounounou and the highlight machine Lou Bobst.

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Les Bleuets bounced back after an opening loss against Israel (21-19) with two blow-outs of Switzerland and Poland. Theo Pierre-Justin got so many buckets, he finished second overall in scoring in Voiron.

Both Polish teams qualified the hard way and had to win a few extra games to qualify. The men finished 3-1 and had to beat Portugal (who had just eliminated Spain) in the decider, while the women survived a nerve-wrecking overtime against Turkey (14-12) to stamp their ticket to Greece.

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Who qualified in Voiron?

Men: Croatia, France, Israel, Poland and Turkey

Women: Czech Republic (who won their 4 games by more than 10 points!!!), France, Poland and Slovenia

Who were the top scorers?

Men: 1. Luka Nejasmic (Croatia, 9.3 points per game), 2. Theo Pierre-Justin (France, 8 ppg), 2. Kuzma Goncharov (Israel, 8ppg)

Women: 1. Elena Lazarevic (Slovenia, 6.8 points per game), 2. Lana Beslic (Croatia, 6.2 ppg), 3. Melike Gürbüz (Turkey, 6 ppg)