This year’s FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup 2019 was again hosted by NBL Asia at its House of Champions in Gem In Mall, Cyberjaya from August 22 to 24, 2019. Co-organised by FIBA 3x3, NBL Asia and Malaysia Basketball Association (MABA), the event saw participation from 17 countries in nail-biting matches throughout the 3-day event.
FIBA 3x3 is a tournament consisting of a qualification draw and the main draw. Teams will play round-robin style in their respective groupings for the first round and the champion and 1st runner up of each group will then be qualified for a play-off round. 3x3 is considered the number one urban team sport. It is simple and flexible enough to be played anywhere and it needs only a hoop, a half-court and six players. Events can be staged outdoor or indoor in iconic locations to bring basketball directly to the masses.
Japan’s men team was in sizzling form, culminating in a brilliant performance in the finals against Kazakhstan, where they won easily 21-13. Japan enjoyed an unbeaten campaign although they survived a fright in the semi-finals needing overtime to defeat Australia 18-17 in a dramatic contest. Qualifier Australia claimed bronze after beating No.1 seeds China 21-17 in a tight game.
In the women's category, Australia had a perfect 5-0 record and dominated Japan in the finals with a decisive 21-10 victory. Japan came in confidence after defeating defending champions China in the semi-finals but was no match to the Australian team firing on all cylinders. The Philippines took home the bronze after thrillingly beating China 14-11.