Belgium’s national women’s 3×3 basketball team confirmed their inaugural success against Mongolia (12-8) by overcoming Egypt (19-6) in the group stage of the World Cup, Thursday evening on the Groenplaats in Antwerp.
Ine Joris, Julie Vanloo, Laure Resimont and Becky Massey, who form the Belgian selection, added convincing success after a close first match against Mongolia.
Off the back of a high-scoring Laure Resimont with 8 points and a creative Julie Vanloo with 7, the Cats are second in their group C and are now guaranteed to finish at least in 3rd place, guaranteeing their qualification to the round of 16.
The winner of each group qualifies for the quarter-finals and the teams classified 2nd and 3rd face each other in the round of 16. Group C, that of Belgium, was turned upside down this Wednesday after the announcement of the late withdrawal of the Dominican Republic.
The Cats 3×3 will therefore only play one match on Friday at 17:30, against Poland (N.3), decisive for the first place in the group. On Wednesday, the Poles largely took the measure of Mongolia (22-7).
On the men’s side, Belgium also won their first two matches on Tuesday, winning 21-16 against Slovenia and then 21-12 against Egypt.
The Belgians, 4th in the FIBA ranking, are playing their first 3×3 World Cup after finishing 4th at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. The Belgian Lions will play again in their group on Thursday against the United States (FIBA 5) at 17:30 and Austria (FIBA 13) at 21:35.
The round of 16 and quarter-finals will be played on Saturday. Semi-finals and finals for bronze and gold will follow on Sunday.
The ladies’ final will start at 20:55 and the men’s final at 21:30.