DEBRECEN (Hungary) - France (men) and USA (women) won the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup 2022, which took place in Debrecen, Hungary on August 23-28.
France's men won their first-ever FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup gold medal after defeating Serbia in a 21-17 thrilling final. Mathys Kangudia led "Les Bleus" in the title game with 8 points while Rudy Ekwakwe Priso added 7. For Serbia, Milan Suput scored 8 in the losing effort.
Ekwakwe Priso, who scored the game-winner in the final and led his team in scoring, was named MVP of the competition and was joined on the team of the tournament by Serbia's Suput and Lithuania's Rokas Jocys. Jocys led all scorers in Debrecen and buried an incredible buzzer-beater to help his country bring home the bronze.
USA's women won their sixth overall and fourth consecutive gold medal in the 9th edition of the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup. Mikaylah Williams was named MVP for the second year in a row after topping the scoring charts and scoring a game-high 9 points in the final against Germany (21-11).
The 17-year-old starred on the Team of the Tournament, alongside Germany's Lina Falk and Spain's Alicia Florez, who had a game-high 5 points in a nail-biting bronze-medal game, that saw Spain beat France 16-14.
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 professional circuit for men and women (World Tour and Women’s Series respectively) and national-team competitions.
3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, Bodet shot-clocks and the Magic Sky canopy system.
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