New Zealand dominate on day two as FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2023 main draw is set
30 Mar 2023
SINGAPORE - New Zealand were spectacular on day two as their men's and women's teams stormed into the main draw of the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2023.
The final places were determined to end the two-day qualification phase.
In the men's, New Zealand were joined by Kazakhstan, Chinese Taipei and Iran.
In the women's, Australia qualified after recording a 17-5 victory over Korea. Having only conceded two points from two games on day one, Australia were challenged early before running away with their third convincing victory of qualification.
New Zealand also qualified after four straight wins, while India replaced Qatar in the main draw having won three of four games.
The sixth edition of Asia's biggest event is being played at the famous Singapore Sports Hub OCBC Square, which is hosting the Asia Cup for the first time.
New Zealand and Korea loomed as a blockbuster game in the men's but the Tall Blacks proved why they are considered gold medal contenders.
Last year's silver medallists overpowered the smaller-sized Korea, who enjoyed loud crowd support with many fans cheering eagerly for their hero Heo Hoon.
But a powerful New Zealand spoiled the party with a convincing 21-13 win.