BOCAUE, Bulacan—After the first day of competition in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 Basketball World Cup, top-seeded China and No. 12 Spain are leading the way in their respective divisions.
Both compiled a 2-0 record in Pool B and Pool D, respectively. Only the top two teams from each pool will advance to the quarterfinals.
Here are the results of Friday's games at the Philippine Arena here.
France 19, Argentina 9
No. 6 seed France opened the tournament by routing No. 18 seed Argentina in Pool B. Johanna Tayeau was nothing short of dominant for the French, matching Argentina's output all by her lonesome with nine points.
Switzerland 16, Kazakhstan 14
No. 14 seed Switzerland pulled off a minor upset of No. 9 seed Kazahkstan in Pool B, thanks to a nine-point outing from Marielle Giroud.
Argentina 10, Kazakhstan 9
In one of the closest games of the day, Argentina eked out a one-point victory over Kazakhstan. Julieta Mungo and Victoria Llorente accounted for nine points for the Argentines.
China 16, France 14
Top-seeded China opened its campaign with a slim win over France. Li YingYun and Jiang JiaYin alternated in scoring for China, and combined for 13 points. Tayeau was unable to build on her superb game against Argentina, finishing with only three points.
China 21, Switzerland 20
In what was the most exciting game of the day, China came away with the closest of victories over the upset-minded Switzerland. Nancy Fora had tied the game for Switzerland with a lay-up, only for Li YingYun to knock down a cold-blooded jumper from the corner to hand China the victory.
Spain 18, Germany 12
Paula Palomares scored nine points to power Spain, seeded No. 12, over the 11th ranked Germans.
Hungary 20, Netherlands 14
No. 3 seed Hungary opened their campaign in style, as Bettina Bozoki fired 13 points to lead them past the Dutch.
Spain 19, Hungary 14
Unfortunately for Hungary, they could not build on their earlier win as they were soundly defeated by Spain. Vega Gimeno Martinez led the Spanish team with 7 points.
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