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    Serbia continues 3x3 domination in World Cup as Philippines winds up 11th

    Jun 22, 2017
    Serbia adds to 3x3 World Championship titles won in 2012 and 2016. Photo from

    SERBIA continued its domination of 3x3 with a third world title, ruling the Fiba 3x3 World Cup in Nantes, France.

    The Serbians went 7-0 in Nantes capped by a 21-18 thriller against the Netherlands.

    Sharpshooter Dejan 'The Maestro' Majstorovic scored a game-high 11 points while his teammate, number one 3x3 player in the world, Dusan Domovic Bulut added eight.

    [See Team Pilipinas ends Fiba 3x3 World Cup stint with huge victory over El Salvador]

    Marksman Joey Schelvis led the Netherlands with eight points, while big man Bas 'The Mountain' Rozendaal had five and lefty Jesper Jobse contributed four points.

    France wowed the crowd in the bronze-medal game after a nail-biting 18-17 win over reigning European champions Slovenia.

    France star Angelo Tsagarakis joined the Serbian one-two punch Bulut-Majstorovic on the Team of the Tournament.

    Majstorovic topped all scorers in Nantes and was named MVP.

    [See Philippines splits first two matches with loss to host France in Fiba 3x3 World Cup]

    The Philippines had two wins and two losses, winding up 11th overall in the 20-team tournament, two places off the Filipinos' finish in the World Championships in China last year.

    Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, JR Quinahan and Jeron Teng saw action for the Philippines in France. The Philippine team featuring Mac Belo, Russel Escoto, Glenn Khobuntin and Karl Dehesa also went 2-2 in the China tournament.

    In women's play, Russia also finished the event undefeated, dominating Hungary, 19-12, in the final.

    Anna Leshkovtseva and Anastasia Logunova had six points each in the final, Tatiana Petrushina added four and Aleksandra Stolyar netted three points in a one-sided affair.

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    Bettina Bozoki had a game-high seven points but none of her Hungary teammates contributed more than two points, just after Alexandra Theodorean scored an unbelievable buzzer-beater in a semifinal win against Ukraine.

    Ukraine redeemed themselves in the bronze-medal game with a 15-13 victory over the Netherlands.

    Leshkovtseva was named MVP and was joined by Bozoki and the Netherlands' Karin Kuijt in the Team of the Tournament.

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