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Australia, Italy join Argentina, Philippines and Saudi Arabia as winners of inaugural FIBA Esports Open 2020
MIES (Switzerland) - The inaugural winners of the FIBA Esports Open 2020 have been confirmed following the conclusion of the three-day tournament.
Australia, Argentina, Italy, Philippines and Saudi Arabia topped their respective conferences and emerged victorious among the 17 participating nations from around the world split into regional groups.
Italy impressed in a competitive Europe Conference with a flawless 8-0 record as their 74-62 Day 3 triumph over second-placed Spain proved decisive. Meanwhile, Spain and Russia finished second and third, respectively.
Australia ran out convincing winners over New Zealand in the Oceania Conference, winning four straight games in response to a Day 1 defeat.
Saudi Arabia clinched victory in the Middle East Conference with three consecutive wins over Lebanon, while Philippines enjoyed a clean sweep in the South-East Asia Conference as they brushed aside the challenge of Indonesia across five encounters.
In the South America Conference, Argentina forged an unassailable lead on the second day as they recovered from an opening loss against Brazil to string together three wins in a row before adding a fourth in overtime on Day 3.
The entire FIBA Esports Open 2020 series was produced from the brand-new FIBA Esports Studio located in Riga, Latvia. Each team consisted of up to seven players and was played remotely using NBA 2K's Pro-AM mode.
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