BUCHAREST (Romania) - Israel (men's) and a dominant Italy (women's) wrapped up the FIBA 3x3 Nations League 2022 Europe South Conference on August 5-7 to book tickets to the Nations League Final in Constanta, Romania, on September 14-16.
In the highly competitive men's draw, Israel were in a dogfight but gained a crucial victory in Stop 5 and their consistency throughout the competition - with stops 1-3 being held in Tel Aviv on May 30-June 1 - was the difference.
Israel never finished lower than third and that was enough to edge past second-placed Italy and the conference top scorer Michele Serpilli, who fell just 10 points short after winning the sixth and final stop.
19-year-old Shoham Gat was dynamic with an array of sick inside and outside moves to be a player to watch in the future.
In the women's, Italy were in pole position after a strong first three stops but they lifted their game to new heights with a trio of victories in Bucharest.
The Italians were irresistible in an unbeaten run to finish a whopping 110 points clear of second-placed Romania, who finished runner-up in each of the three stops at home.
Towering Sara Madera was impossible to stop (9.3 points per game!) when she had a full head of steam to lead Italy into the Final.
1. Israel 490 points
2. Italy 480
3. Greece 440
4. Romania 410
5. Turkey 340
1. Italy 550 points
2. Poland 440
3. Greece 390
4. Israel 370
5. Turkey 310
The Nations League makes a quick return on August 12-18 with the Africa North Conference in Cairo, Egypt.