XIAMEN (3x3 FISU World University League 2018) - Tsinghua University took the women’s title, while Huaqiao University emerged victorious in the men’s competition on their home court at the 3x3 FISU World University League 2018 Finals on November 15-18.
The event was the culmination of five continental tournaments that saw 16 men’s and women’s teams qualify for the Finals in Xiamen, China. The event is was in its fourth edition, one that pits the world’s best university teams against each other on the world stage.
In the women’s competition, Tsinghua University’s Luchenhong Yang sealed the win for her Beijing-based team (17-14) as she hit a dagger from the top of the key before blocking FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup 2018 bronze medalist Viktoriia Kondus of Vasyl Stefanyk University, Ukraine.
In the women’s bronze medal game, defending champions Chinese Culture University overcame University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), 17-15.
Huaqiao University didn’t disappoint in the men’s final as they delivered their most complete performance of the tournament. After falling behind early to the Montreal-based McGill University, the home team slowed down their Canadian rivals with stout defense. They then finished things off with three consecutive shots from deep (21-15).
A household name since starring in the hit Chinese reality television series Dunk of China, Xiang Meng hit the defining shot of the men’s tournament. He then injured his hand, only to return into the game on the next possession and immediately thereafter connecting on a two-pointer for a four-point lead.
Teammate Yi Zheng - a FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League runner-up this season - followed up on the next opportunity with another two-pointer to put the game away, 21-15.
Vytautus Magnus University of Lithuania won the men’s bronze medal game over New Zealand’s University of Auckland, 21-16.
The fourth edition of the 3x3 FISU World University League brought the world’s best student ballers to the fore and the spotlight shined bright on some future stars of the game. The entire tournament can be rewatched on youtube.com/FIBA3x3.