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Slovenia’s men and Spain’s women win FIBA 3x3 U17 Europe Cup 2021
LISBON (Portugal) - Slovenia and Spain won the sixth edition of the FIBA 3x3 U17 Europe Cup (the first since the change from U18 to U17 category) in Lisbon, Portugal on September 17-19, 2021.
Slovenia won their first 3x3 title in four years (FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League 2017) after a resilient comeback win in the final against Ukraine (19-14). The Slovenian rising star Crt Cabrilo was named MVP after leading all scorers in Portugal, including a game-high 8 points in the final.
The speedy 5ft 10in. (1.80m) was joined on the team of the tournament by Ukrainian sharpshooter Rostyslav Kabanov and the high-flying Robert Sagodi, who ranked second in scoring and led Hungary to the bronze medal against the Portuguese hosts.
Just one week after winning the FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup, Spain won another gold medal in the women’s category. In a rematch of the 2019 final, Spain retained their title against Germany, in convincing fashion (15-7).
Both winners were awarded their medals by FIBA Executive Director Europe Kamil Novak.
The 16-year-old Carla Brito had a game-high 5 points in the final and took home the MVP trophy. The tournament top scorer Lina Falk (Germany) as well as the third leading scorer Katsiaryna Novik, who broke a pair of ankles in her bronze-medal campaign for Belarus.
In the mixed shoot-Out contest, Nojus Radzius won gold for Lithuania, while Serbia’s Nikola Bursac earned silver and Pien Steenbergen collected bronze for the Netherlands.
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups.
On July 24, 2021, 3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.
Wilson is the Global Ball Partner, Peak was the FIBA 3x3 U17 Europe Cup 2021 Apparel Partner and Tissot the Official Timekeeper of FIBA 3x3.
FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, and the Magic Sky canopy system.