Australia sweeps 3×3 Asia Cup

Winning their way through the group stage on Friday, both teams finished the tournament undefeated with five consecutive victories.

The all-Victorian quartet of Bec Cole, Maddie Garrick, Alice Kunek and Hanna Zavecz represented the Australian women and they narrowly beat New Zealand and host nation China in their group stage.

They then dealt with the Philippines in the Quarter-Final, Mongolia in the Semi-Final and Kazakhstan in the gold medal game.

Over the past three years, the Australian women have a strong history at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup, having won gold in 2017, bronze in 2018 and now returning to the top of the podium in 2019.

The men, represented by Victorian Tom Wright, Tim Coenraad, Greg Hire and Lucas Walker, took care of Korea and Mongolia in their group stage on Friday.

On Sunday, they proved too powerful for Japan in the Quarter-Final, host nation China in the Semi-Final and Mongolia in a re-match of last year’s gold medal game.

The Australian men’s back-to-back Championships follow a bronze medal at the tournament from 2017.

Proving themselves as Asia’s elite in 3×3, Wright and Cole were named respective tournament MVPs.

The performances of both teams holds Australia in good stead as they now prepare for the FIBA 3×3 World Cup in Amsterdam from June 18-23.

Find highlights and photos from all games of the men’s and women’s 2019 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup here.

Australia’s results at the 2019 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup (all times AEST):

May 24: Men def. Korea 21-17
May 24: Women def. New Zealand 17-15
May 24: Men def. Mongolia 21-8
May 24: Women def. China 16-14
May 26: Quarter-Final- Women def. Philippines 21-16
May 26: Quarter-Final- Men def. Japan 21-14
May 26: Semi-Final- Women def. Mongolia 21-15
May 26: Semi-Final- Men def. China 21-15
May 26: Gold Medal Game- Women def. Kazakhstan 20-8
May 26: Gold Medal Game- Men def. Mongolia 21-9

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AUSTRALIA has claimed a golden sweep at the 2019 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup, with the men winning back-to-back titles while the women shot up the tables to take gold.

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