FIBA 3x3 World Cup Day 3: Dominant China leads women's quarterfinals qualifiers

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2018 08:39 PM

Spain's Nuria Martinez Prat shoots a free throw against the Philippines in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 Basketball World Cup. FIBA photo

BOCAUE, Bulacan – China, France, Spain and Hungary all booked tickets to the quarterfinals of the 2018 FIBA 3x3 Basketball World Cup on Sunday.

China was a dominant force, as they swept Pool B while France seized the second seed.

Meanwhile, Spain dramatically qualified to the quarterfinals, as they took the top seed in Pool D despite losing to the Netherlands in their last group phase game.

The Netherlands missed out on the last eight in heartbreaking fashion, as Hungary defeated the Philippines in the last Pool D game, and finished with a higher point total.

Here are the results of the women's games at the Philippine Arena:

France 21, Kazakhstan 10

Sixth-seeded France made quick work of Kazakhstan behind Marie-Eve Paget and Johanna Tayeau, who each scored seven points.

Switzerland 11, Argentina 8

In a low-scoring battle, Switzerland ground out a slim victory over Argentina to stay in the hunt for a quarterfinal spot. Marielle Giroud had six points in the win.

China 15, Kazakhstan 13

Top-seeded China labored to a close win over Kazakhstan to stay unbeaten in Pool B action. Li YingYun, Jiang JiaYin, and Zhang ZhiTing each had five points in the win.

France 21, Switzerland 16

France ended its pool play with a 3-1 win-loss record after defeating Switzerland. Tayeau shone once more, scoring eight points – all on long-range shots, while Alice Nayo added six markers.

China 22, Argentina 4

China completed a sweep of Pool B with an absolute demolition of Argentina. The top-seeded team is through to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Jiang JiaYin outscored Argentina all by herself, with nine points.

Hungary 16, Germany 13

Third-seeded Hungary grabbed its second win of the tournament against Germany. They used a balanced effort, as Nóra Ruják, Dóra Medgyessy and Bettina Bozóki all scored five points in the win.

Netherlands 16, Germany 8

The Netherlands stayed in the hunt for a quarterfinals spot by beating Germany, thus booking their second win in three games. Loyce Bettonvil came through with nine points for the Dutch while Karin Kujit added six markers.

Netherlands 13, Spain 11

In a game with major quarterfinals implications, Netherlands wound up outlasting Spain. Sharon Beld drilled the two-pointer that broke an 11-all deadlock with just a minute left, and Spain was unable to respond. Beld finished with six points; Paula Palomares was limited to just two markers and missed a potential game-tying jumper with 30 seconds left. The loss kept the Netherlands in the hunt for a quarterfinals spot.

However, their hopes were dashed just an hour later when Hungary defeated the Philippines.

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