France and Lithuania dominate in the Quarterfinals of the Crelan FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2022

3v3 World Cup quarterfinals

After being victorious in their respective quarterfinals on June 25, the eight teams that will compete for medals at the Crelan FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2022 will be four men’s teams and four women’s teams.

The top-seeded Serbian team is still in great shape to bring home the World Cup championship for the fifth time in seven tournaments. In what was widely anticipated to be the championship game against Latvia, “The Maestro” Dejan Majstorovic scored a game-high 8 points, one of which was the game-winning basket. Latvia went on to win the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Belgium, which advanced to the semi-finals after advancing through Poland in the quarterfinals

Will serve as Serbia’s opponent in the final (18-14). Both Nick Celis and Maxime Depuydt, who scored a combined total of 13 points for the home team, as well as the loud Belgian audience, were essential in the home team’s victory.

France will face Lithuania in the other second semi-final in the men’s category. Les Bleus stopped the Netherlands’ four-game winning streak in Antwerp (18-12) after defeating Austria in the play-in, with lefty sharpshooter collecting a game-high seven points.

Lithuania defeated the reigning champions USA 21-11, with another lefty, Marijus Uzupis, recording a triple-five with 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Lithuania’s game was flipped upside down by his three straight two-pointers.

France and Lithuania will fight not only in the men’s but also in the women’s semi-finals.

Les Bleues avenged their home loss to Spain last year in the Europe Cup semi-finals four hours after defeating Mongolia in the play-in (21-9). Marie-Eve Paget, the world’s former number one 3×3 player, iced the game in overtime with a short jumper from the baseline (15-14).

France will face Canada, who won back-to-back games over the Women’s Series reigning champions Germany in the play-in and the United States in the quarter-finals (14-10). In the triumph, the Plouffe twin sisters (Katherine and Michelle) combined for 11 points.


Lithuania will face bronze medalists China in the other semi-final. Lithuania overcame the Netherlands (19-10) in the play-offs and then defeated Poland (19-16) in the quarter-finals in what was possibly the finest game of the tournament in the women’s division. Monika Grigalauskyte led all players with a double-double of 7 points and 5 rebounds.

In the final quarter-final, China dashed Belgium’s dreams (21-13). Lili Wang, the best scorer at the Tokyo Olympics, recorded a game-high 9 points in a game in which the Belgian Cats were reduced to three players after Laure Resimont injured her ankle in the play-in win over Brazil.

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