11/10/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/10/2019 08:32
KAMPALA (Uganda) - Egypt's men and Mali's women won the first-ever FIBA 3x3 U18 Africa Cup in Kampala, Uganda, on November 8-10, 2019.
In the men's category, Mali got 2 trips to the free throw line down 1 with 5 seconds to go in the final against Egypt. They missed both and Egypt survived in a thrilling 14-13 win. Youssef Helmy had 7 for the winners in the final and was named MVP of the competition after leading his team in scoring.
He was joined on the team of the tournament by Bourama Coulibaly (Mali) and the top scorer of the competition, Mustapha Oyebanji, from Nigeria.
The bronze medal stayed in Uganda as the hosts defeated basketball powerhouse Nigeria (17-12) in the third-place game.
In the women's category, Mali continued their dominance over women's 3x3 in Africa with an incredible 17-4 win in the final over Uganda. No team managed to score 10 points on Mali in 5 games over the weekend.
Alima Kouyate (Mali) took home MVP honors. She was joined on the team of the tournament by teammate and tournament top scorer Diarrah Sissoko and local favorite Fildauce Namulema,
Nigeria struck bronze after edging out the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the third-place game (8-6).
Alou Traore (Mali's men) won gold at the Shoot-out contest after defeating Claris Osula (Kenya's women) in a tie-breaking play-off round. Mustapha Oyebanji (Nigeria's men) took home the bronze medal.
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ABOUT FIBA 3x3
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world's number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups. On June 9, 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.