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Argentina shock France to reach FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup 2018 quarter finals
XI'AN (FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup 2018) - Argentina's women brought the crowd to its feet on Day 4 after their unbelievable comeback win at the buzzer against France at the FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup in Xi'An, China on October 6, 2018.
The last pool game in Pool C was just another reminder how crazy and unpredictable 3x3 can be. With the game seemingly over, Agustina Garcia intercepted a pass and found Julieta Mungo for the most exciting Tissot Buzzer Beater of the tournament so far.
France were the heavy favorites to win the U23 World Cup after dominating the FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League this year. But Caroline Hériaud & co suffered back-to-back 1-point losses on Day 4, against Argentina and Japan, who topped the pool.
Germany won Pool A after winning a do-or-die game against Hungary, who also advanced to the semi-finals at the expense of Romania and Uganda and especially the Chinese hosts.
In the men's category, France had another big scare in Pool B against the Netherlands. But in overtime, FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League MVP Charly Pontens put his team on his back and hit the Tissot Buzzer Beater for the quarter-finals. Russia will join 'Les Bleus' after finishing the pool stage with a perfect 4-0 record.
Ukraine also remained undefeated in Pool C. Event leading scorer Yun-Hao Chu (tied with Russia's Alexander Zuev) led Chinese Taipei to the quarter finals as well.
Quarter finals brackets
Germany - Argentina
Russia - Belarus
Ukraine - Iran
Japon - Hungary
Latvia - Slovenia
Ukraine - France
Russia - Chinese Taipei
China - Hungary
Gold: Janiek van veen (Netherlands)
Silver: Theresa Simon (Germany)
Bronze: Agustina Garcia (Argentina)
Dunk finalists:Fedor Bardashov (Kyrgyzstan), Jaouad Darib (Netherlands), Jeepy Faundo (Philippines), Jure Ritlop (Slovenia)
Shoot-Out finalists: Rhon Jhay Abarrientos (Philippines), Aleksandr Antonikovskii (Russia), Yu Qi (China), Laura Zdravevska (Germany)