Romania and Russia, the first ever 3×3 European Champions

The center court flooded with people right after the final buzzer of the 3×3 European Championships Men’s Final as Romania had just written history in conquering the first ever title in the competition with a 19-16 win over Slovenia.

More than 1,000 fans around the center court and many more outside at the giant TV screen watched as the atmosphere reached its peak in a tremendously intense and close final game.

With technical fouls being handed out to both teams, it was a put-back by Bogdan Popescu that gave the hosts the decisive lead, 17-16 in the dying seconds of the game.

The teams traded baskets throughout the game, with the lead changing multiple times.

Ales Kunc carried Slovenia with 11 points, for the hosts Bogdan Popescu’s 9 points led the way.

Directly before, Russia claimed the first women’s title in convincing fashion, although Slovenia showed they were in the final for a reason.

The Slovenians had the best game of all teams against the dominant Russian side, coming close on good outside shooting and hard-nosed inside game before eventually falling 16-13.


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