ATHENS (Greece) - Germany (men) and France (women) won the FIBA 3x3 U17 Europe Cup 2022 in Athens, Greece on September 2-4, 2022.
In the men's category, Germany won their first 3x3 U17 Europe Cup gold medal after defeating Latvia in a heart-breaking final (21-20). Tournament MVP Fabian Giessmann topped all scorers in Athens and also led the charge in the final with 8 points, including a thunderous baseline reverse dunk to seal the gold medal. Janis Censonis had 7 points for Latvia in the losing effort and joined Giessmann and Theo Pierre-Justin (who spearheaded France's bronze-medal campaign) on the Team of the Tournament.
On the women's side, the final was just as breathtaking. France held on to a 13-12 win against the defending champs Spain to win their first 3x3 U17 Europe Cup. No-look pass artist Lou Bobst was named MVP of the competition and was joined on the team of the tournament by top scorer Phoenix Stotijn, from the Netherlands, and second leading scorer Laia Conesa of Spain. The bronze-medal game was yet another one-point ball game and Poland won bronze in a 12-11 nail-biter against the Netherlands.
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 July 24, 2021, 3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.
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