China return to winning ways at FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Baoding stop 2023
BAODING (China) - New-look China make their way back to the top at home as they beat commercial side Sc. Yuanda 21-11 to win the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series Baoding Stop 2023 on June 17.
Branding a fresh and youthful side this time around, China had a dominant run in the lead-up to the finals, ironically only losing to finalists SC Yuanda in an OT thriller. They turned up strong in the knockout stages, defeating Malaysia and an on-fire Japan team to book their spot in the finals.
The commercial side, on the other hand, utilized their recent experience in the tournament to go unbeaten, last winning against Germany to reach the finals.
With both sides enjoying home support in Baoding, it came down to the execution of game plans. China stuck to their efficient and gritty ways as they grinded down Sc. Yuanda’s momentum. Ming Zheng was crucial to their triumph, draining huge twos and drives to answer each time Sc Yuanda started to claw back. She put up 8 points in the game.
The star of the game and the tournament for China was undeniably Mingling Chen. Her 10-point effort in the finals along with timely rebounds and post-presence proved to be the difference-maker as she was named MVP for her efforts.
2. Sc. Yuanda
5. Czech Republic
The Women’s Series will travel to Orleans, France next on June 23-24.
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the most thrilling urban sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court. 3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.