JERUSALEM (Israel) – Serbia (men) and the Netherlands (women) won the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup 2023 in Jerusalem, Israel on September 5 – 7.
Serbia’s men continued their reign of excellence, winning their fifth straight gold medal as they defeated Lithuania 21 – 20 in a thrilling final.
Strahinja Stojacic scored a game-high 11 points, including the Maurice Lacroix buzzer-beating two to grab the win in a nail-biting affair. It would be one of many game winners for Stojacic who was unstoppable all tournament. He finished as top scorer for his nation with 42 points. His performance earned him the MVP award as well.
Stojacic led the Team of the Tournament, joined by Lithuania’s Aurelijus Pukelis who was the top scorer for his side through the event, putting up 8 points in a losing effort against Serbia to win silver and Latvia’s Karlis Lasmanis who finished as the leading scorer at the event, dropping an incredible 16 points in a thrilling comeback victory against France to take home bronze.
The Netherlands (Women) won their first-ever gold in the Europe Cup as they came away with a 21 – 18 victory against Spain in a back-and-forth final. Kiki Fleuren notched 10 points in the deciding clash while Loyce Bettonvil and Janis Boonstra combined for 14 rebounds. Noortje Driessen scored 6 points to cap off an incredible campaign that would see her win the MVP award. She led her team in scoring, finishing with 36 points throughout the tournament.
The Dutch star headlined the Team of the Tournament alongside Spanish sharpshooter Juana Camilion who lost narrowly in the final to capture silver and Lithuania’s Kamile Nacickaite who led her side in scoring through the event while also scoring 6 points in a Bronze-winning effort against Portugal.
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