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FIBA 3×3 World Cup Italy vs. USA-1634
FIBA 3×3 World Cup Italy vs. USA-1634

2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

Italy stuns USA, sets up showdown with China; Russia takes on France

Coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Czech Republic yesterday, Rae Lin D’alie and Italy bounced back, staving off the young Americans, 17-14, to book their spot in the semifinals of the 2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup.

Clinging to just a 12-10 lead with three minutes left, D’alie took charge, scoring on a long jumper. This was followed by a beautiful find to Giulia Ciavarella to give Italy a 14-10 edge.

Italy never looked back afterwards, booking a date with China in the process.

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In a contest pitting Asia’s best and last year’s runners-up, it was the Chinese who came out on top, outlasting Hungary, 17-14.

Knotted at 10-all, Zhang Zhiting was able to escape the lock down defense of Hungarian tower Bettina Bozoki and pick up a foul to give China the lead. A basket by Li Yingyun and steady free throws by Zhang sealed the win for China.

Defending 3×3 World Cup champion Russia whipped Pool A leaders Czech Republic to set-up a showdown against France in the semifinals of the 2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup.

The Russians were in cruise control all-throughout the game against the Czechs, who lost Andrea Ovsíková due to a severely sprained ankle yesterday against Italy.

Anna Leshkovtseva knocked down the final bucket to get max points with 20 seconds to spare.

Russia will face Czech Republic at 5:45pm and will be followed by the China-Italy showdown.

France, on the other hand, figured in a 19-17 extra time thriller against Spain.

Up by two points with 20 seconds left, Spanish gunner Paula Palomares knocked down a long two-ball against two defenders to send the game into extra time.

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However, crisp passing by Christelle Diallo led to easy buckets for Alice Nayo and Johanna Tayeau to pick up the two needed points in overtime.

The Scores:

First Game

RUS 21 – Logunova 8, Leshkovtseva 7, Stolyar 3, Sapova 3.

CZE 14 – Hejdová 5, Minarovičová 5, Stehlíková 4.

Second Game (OT)

FRA 19 – Diallo 7, Paget 6, Tayeau 4, Nayo, 2.

ESP 17 – Palomares 10, Prat 4, Mediavilla 2, Martinez 1

Third Game

CHN 17 – Zhang 7, Jiang 6, Sun 3, Li 1.

HUN 14 – Medgyessy 7, Bozóki 4, Ruják 3, Theodorean 0.

Fourth Game

ITA 17 – Filippi 6, D’alie 5, Ciavarella 5, Rulli 1.

USA 14 – Ionescu 5, Hebard 5, Gildon 3, Boley 1.

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