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FIBA 3×3: Miezis wills Riga past Antwerp to rule WT Cebu


CEBU – Riga survived Antwerp in a thrilling finale, 21-19, to rule the Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3×3 World Tour Cebu Masters 2022, Sunday night at SM Seaside City.

Nauris Miezis scored the Latvian side’s last seven points, including the game-winning free throw with 4.8 seconds left as he saved his crew from a disastrous meltdown that saw them fall behind late after leading by six early.

The 2020 World Tour Most Valuable Player finished with 10 points and three rebounds, eventually bagging home tournament MVP honors.2022-FIBA-3x3-Cebu-Masters-Riga-def-Antwerp-2 FIBA 3x3: Miezis wills Riga past Antwerp to rule WT Cebu 3x3 Basketball Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 News  - philippine sports news

“I think I’m born for this moment,” said Miezis of his endgame heroics that netted the fourth-ranked team in the world the USD 40,000 top prize.

Karlis Lasmanis contributed six points while Edgars Krumins and Agnus Cavars combined for five markers for Riga, who now earned its second World Tour stop title this season after conquering the Montreal Masters last September.

“That was a tough game — always against Antwerp,” said Miezis. “Last minute, we took our game in our hands. I’m happy that we won.”

Thibaut Vervoort led Antwerp with seven points and four rebounds in the defeat as the team from Belgium fell short of winning its second World Tour stop this season after ruling the Debrecen Masters last August.

Vervoort was the one who gave his squad a 17-14 lead with 1:25 left to play, but they could not hold on to it as Miezis took over.

Dennis Donkor supplied five points, Nick Celis had four markers, while Bryan De Valck chipped in three for the world’s third-best team.

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Meanwhile, Piotr Grabowski emerged as the king of the Cebu Masters Slam Dunk Competition after besting Philippine bet David Carlos in the final. The highflyer from Poland bagged home USD 4,000 in the victory.

Vervoort, on the other hand, was crowned as the best marksman after winning the Shoot-out Contest. He fired 14 points as he beat Cebu Chooks’ Mac Tallo, Ulaanbaatar’s Steve Sir, and Chico Lanete of Manila Chooks.

The Scores:

Riga 21 – Miezis 10, Lasmanis 6, Krumins 3, Cavars 2.

Antwerp 19 – Vervoort 7, Donkor 5, Celis 4, De Valck 3.

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