BELGIUM claimed the crown as the Philippines placed seventh in the sixth edition of the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.
Just one year after an unexpected trip to the final of the FIBA 3x3 U18 Europe Cup, Belgium enjoyed a perfect 7-0 record and turned silver into gold in front of the massive Global Center, the largest building on the planet.
The athletic Belgian team made multiple appearances in the highlight reels and kept every team under 15 points.
Belgium beat the Philippines in the quarterfinals.
Slovenia was third followed by New Zealand, Ukraine, Hungary and the Philippines.
Romania wound up eighth and China ninth followed by Israel, Uganda, Qatar, Georgia, Poland, Indonesia, Turkey, Bahrain, Turkmenistan, South Korea and Jordan.
In an all-Benelux final against the Netherlands, Noah Fogang Tchendjou topped all scorers with six points, including back-to-back daggers from outside the arc while the game was still undecided.
Tournament MVP Ayoub Nouhi added five points and fellow member of the Team of the Tournament Vincent Peeters contributed four points, including the play of the game — a slick crossover followed by a monster jam.
After winning six straight games, the lights turned to orange for the Netherlands in the final as sharpshooter Boyd Van der Vuurst De Vries was limited to just five points.
It was the second silver medal in two weeks for the Netherlands, following the Flying Dutchmen’s incredible run at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup.
Slovenia won bronze in a nail-biter against New Zealand (21-17). Just a few hours after hitting a game-winner in overtime against Ukraine in the quarterfinals, tournament top scorer Samo Gabersek did it again in the bronze-medal game, which earned him a spot on the Team of the Tournament.