Bulut remains king of 3x3; D'Alie is women's MVP

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 13 2018 11:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines – For leading Serbia to a third consecutive championship in the FIBA 3x3 Basketball World Cup, Dusan Bulut has earned Most Valuable Player honors in the 2018 edition of the event, held at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Bulut, the third-ranked player in the world, scored seven points in Serbia's 16-13 win over the Netherlands on Tuesday to clinch the gold medal. He finished with a total of 48 points in seven games, good for fourth among all players.

It was Serbia's fourth 3x3 World Cup title overall.

Bulut is joined in the All-Tournament team by Poland's Michael Hicks, who was second in the tournament in scoring with 52 points, along with the Netherlands' Jesper Jobse, who totaled 49 points in the competition.

Hicks led Poland to a fourth-place finish, while Jobse and the Dutch settled for a silver for the second year in a row.

Meanwhile, Italian star Rae Lin D'Alie was named the MVP in the women's division, after powering Italy to the gold medal.

The 5-foot-4 player scored a total of 52 points, the most among all female players, and was showered with "M-V-P" chants by the predominantly Filipino fans at the Philippine Arena after she led Italy to a 16-12 triumph over defending champion Russia in the women's finals.

Joining D'Alie in the All-Tournament team is Russia's Anna Leshkovtseva, who scored a total of 37 points for the dethroned champions, and China's Li Yingyun.

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