Slovenia and Spain shine on Day 2 of FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2022
24 Aug 2022
DEBRECEN (Hungary) - The reigning FIBA 3x3 U17 European champs Slovenia and Spain impressed on Day 2 of the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup in Debrecen on August 24, 2022.
Aaaand, breathe! 30 games later, Day 2 of the 3x3 U18 World Cup came to an end with Spain's women and Slovenia's men stealing the show in Kossuth Square.
The Spaniards showed no mercy and defeated both Romania and Poland before the limit and conceding just 20 points total (21-13 and 22-7 respectively). The speedy Alicia Florez led the team (and in fact all players) in scoring with 19 points overall, including an 11-point explosion against Romania.
In the men's side, we have to talk about Slovenia, who handled USA their first 3x3 U18 World Cup defeat in 13 games. In a really close game (16-15), another Slovenian Luka (Lampret, in this case) led the offense with 8 points. The Slovenians would then defeat last year's U18 World Cup runners-up Estonia 21-18 to finish their first day of action undefeated.
Also undefeated after 2 days of pool play: France, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Ukraine, Serbia and Germany's men. And in the women's category, Germany, Netherlands, France, Japan, Brazil, Ukraine and USA.
German 3x3 prodigy Fabian Giessmann led Germany once again on the court with 16 points, including a highlight reel that would make you jump off your couch.
1. Rostyslav Kabanov - Ukraine men - 24 pts. 2. Rokas Jocys - Lithuania men - 21 pts. -Kateryna Koval - Ukraine women - 21 pts. 4. Rainers Lisicins - Latvia men - 20 pts. 5. Alicia Florez - Spain women - 19 pts.
The action resumes tomorrow August 25 with Men's and Women's Pools D and B stepping on the Enlio court.
WHERE CAN I WATCH?
The FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup takes place in Debrecen, Hungary from August 23 to 28 and you can follow it live on the FIBA 3x3 YouTube and Facebook pages. You can also join the conversation using the hashtag #3x3U18