Olympic gold medalist Latvia win FIBA ​​3×3 World Tour Cebu Masters

CEBU CITY – Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Riga of Latvia outlasted Antwerp in a thrilling final, 21-19, to win the Chooks-to-Go FIBA ​​3×3 World Tour Cebu Masters 2022 title Sunday night here in SM Seaside City.

Nauris Miezis proved to be an unstoppable force, helping his Latvian side avoid a horrific meltdown by scoring the final seven points including the game-winning free throw with 4.8 seconds left to retain victory.

After leading by two or three points early on, Riga found themselves trailing 14-17 when Belgian Thibaut Vervoot took charge. But Antwerp could not stop the explosiveness of Miezis until the end of the game.

“I think I was born for this moment,” Miezis said in the post-match interview, leading the No. 4 ranked team in the world to claim the $40,000 top prize. “It was a difficult game – again against Antwerp.”

Miezis, the 2020 World Tour Most Valuable Player, led the Latvians with 10 points and three rebounds to also claim the Most Valuable Player trophy.

“At the last minute, we took the game in hand. We are happy to have won. »

Karlis Lasmanis scored six points while Edgar Krumins and Agnus Cavars merged for five points for Riga, who have now won their second World Tour stage title this season after conquering the Montreal Masters last September.

Vervoort led Antwerp with seven points and four rebounds in the loss as the Belgian side failed to win their second World Tour stop this season after dominating the Debrecen Masters last August.

Meanwhile, Piotr Grabowski became the king of the Cebu Masters Slam Dunk Competition after beating Filipino bet David Carlos in the final. The Polish high-flyer pocketed $4,000 in the win.

Vervoort, meanwhile, was crowned the best sniper after winning the Shoot-out competition. He shot 14 points beating Mac Tallo of Cebu Chooks, Steve Sir of Ulaanbaatar and Chico Lanete of Manila Chooks.

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