XI'AN (FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup 2018) - Japan's women were unstoppable on Day 2 at the FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup 2018 in China on October 4..
The 2020 Olympics hosts defeated Argentina (11-10) and Czech Republic (19-15) in their first two games in the competition. It's not just that they won, it's also that they put the crowd on its feet thanks to the super skilled Stephanie Mawuli.
This said, France took the lead in Pool C after back-to-back wins before the limit over Mongolia (22-6) and Czech Republic (21-10). And we're already drooling over this Japan - France clash on Day 4.
In the other pool, FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League 2017 got two W's against hosts China (16-15) and Uganda (14-8) to headline Pool A. Germany might have scored just 23 points in 2 games but they also finished the day with a perfect record with their suffocating defense. They took down Romania (12-9) and shocked the hosts China on the last game of the day (11-8).
In the men's category, France and Russia, two of the favorites to lift the trophy finished undefeated in Pool B. 'Les Bleus' wasted no time with a 22-4 success over Kyrgyzstan and another win before the limit against Egypt (22-10). Russia handed out two 22-13 defeats against the Netherlands and Kyrgyzstan.
Last, but not least, Ukraine ruled in Pool D with two big wins over Romania (22-15) and Chinese Taipei (20-14). Seconds are Romania, who defeated Czech Republic in a 21-20 thriller.
Action is back tomorrow at 1.30pm (GMT+8) with the 3rd day of Pool play for B and D in the women and A & C in the men's category.