3×3: The beautiful summer harvest of the French teams

The French men’s 3×3 U18 team became world champions on Sunday for the first time in their history after beating Serbia in the final (21-17). The FFBB recalls in a press release how fruitful the summer was in the discipline.

Their names are Loïs Grasshoff, Rudy Ekwakwe-Priso, Loïc Noudogbessi, Mathys Kangudia and they are world champions. At the end of a flawless run (7 wins – 0 losses), the French climbed to the top step of the podium for the first time since the creation of the competition in 2011. So far only the French women’s team 3×3 U18 had achieved the feat of being crowned world champion (2015 and 2016). Despite their non-qualification for the U17 European Cup last year, the 2004 generation showed that they will have to be counted on in the years to come. Elected in the standard team of the competition, Rudy Ekwakwe-Priso (Elan Béarnais Pau-LacqOrthez) won the title of MVP and finished as the best French scorer in the competition.

The harvest continues for the French 3×3 teams with this new international medal even if there are still many deadlines to come:
3×3 World Cup (Gold) – French women’s 3×3 team
3×3 World Cup (Bronze) – French men’s 3×3 team
Mediterranean Games (Gold) – French men’s team U23 3×3
Mediterranean Games (Silver) – French women’s team U23 3×3
U18 3×3 World Cup (Gold) – French men’s U18 3×3 team
European Cup 3×3 U17: September 2-4, 2022
3×3 European Cup: September 9-11, 2022
Nations League Final: September 14-16, 2022
Women’s Series Final: September 17-18, 2022
U23 3×3 World Cup: October 5-9, 2022

Note: France is the only nation to have placed its two teams in the last four of the 3×3 U18 World Cup. The French fail at the foot of the podium after two short defeats against Germany in the semi-finals (16-18) then Spain (14-16). Unfortunately, Daniela Dibanzilua’s teammates will not have missed much, who still achieve great competition.

Photo: France 3×3 U18 Team

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