Host France dominate FIBA 3x3 Nations League 2022 U21 Europe West Conference stops

18 Jul 2022

VOIRON (France) - France enjoyed the comforts of home with their men's and women's teams producing spectacular performances during the opening three stops of the FIBA 3x3 Nations League 2022 U21 Europe West Conference in Voiron.

In the men's, France started superbly as they made the final of Stop 1 with ease but were pushed all the way by Italy in a classic decider before prevailing 21-19.

Les Bleus though were stunned by Germany in an agonizing 16-15 defeat in the final of Stop 2 before bouncing back to claim Stop 3 with an easy victory over the Netherlands.

France take a big lead ahead of the 3 final stops of a congested group headed by the Netherlands, whose strong finish powered them to second on the standings.

French sharpshooter Lorenzo Thirouard Samson led all scorers with 74 points in 10 games. His teammate Sya Plaucoste and Dutch dunking machine Anouar Mellouk provided TONS of highlights. See for yourself.

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In the women's, France also enjoyed plenty of success with victories in the opening two stops before faltering in Stop 3, where they had a big loss to Italy.

But Italy couldn't quite capitalize as they fell short to Germany 21-18 in an entertaining decider.

Even though they stuttered at the final hurdle, France can be well pleased and they sit 20 points clear of Germany, who improved at every stop to build momentum ahead of the final three stops next month.

Former U18 World Cup bronze medalist Lisa Dufon (France) won the scoring charts in the women's category with nearly half of her 49 points coming from outside the arc.

Standings

Men

1. France 280 points
2. Netherlands 210
3. Italy 200
4. Greece 190
5. Germany 190

Women

1. France 260 points
2. Germany 240
3. Italy 220
4. Netherlands 190
5. Greece 170

Stops 4-6 of the FIBA 3x3 Nations League 2022 U21 Europe West Conference will be played in Voiron on August 23-25.

The Nations League makes a quick return on July 26-28 with Stops 4-6 of the U23 Europe (East) in Kaunas.

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