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Boquete and Tsintsadze voted winners of FIBA Assists of the Decade bracket by fans
MIES (Switzerland) - The FIBA Assists of the Decade bracket concluded with Andrea Boquete of Argentina and George Tsintsadze of Georgia voted as the winners of their respective conferences by basketball fans from all over the world.
Sorted into men's and women's contests, the interactive bracket featured 16 entries from all FIBA regions and a wide range of global and continental national team competitions that took place between 2010 and 2020.
Boquete's behind-the-back assist from FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2019 was a clear fan favorite and run-away winner in the women's conference, receiving 87 percent of the votes in the Final matchup against USA legend Diana Taurasi.
En route to winning the fan vote, the Argentine forward also bested Yohanna Morton (Dominican Republic) and Lisa Berkani (France) in the previous rounds of the bracket.
"It was a great surprise to be nominated," Boquete told FIBA.basketball. " honestly did not expect it. It is a beautiful reward that made me very happy. I am very grateful to all the people who reached out, supported and voted for me, I get a double present with all the love I received. Without all those people I would not have made it. A million thanks to all."
In the men's conference, Tsintsadze and his fancy dime from FIBA EuroBasket 2015, received the most support from the fans to top another Argentina's Facundo Campazzo with 58 percent of the votes in the decisive duel.
The Georgian playmaker emerged through the bracket after eliminating the likes of Dusan Bulut (Serbia) and Marc Gasol (Spain).
"It's a pleasure and honor for me to be a winner of this contest. Knowing that something you have done on the basketball court is recognized as a best in a decade is really emotional," Tsintsadze said.
"I would like to address everyone who voted for me and thank each of them. I believe most of the votes came from Georgia and that makes me even more proud and humble. With a population of 3.7 million, my country managed, during this global epidemic period, to stand together and support me."
The Assists of the Decade initiative followed on from the hugely successful Dunk of the Decade bracket, which Iran's Arsalan Kazemi claim the crown.