The Dutch 3×3 basketball players were eliminated on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. The Orange squad remained unbeaten in the group stage, but was no match for France in its first game in the knockout phase: 12-18.
The Netherlands made an excellent impression in Antwerp this week. Julian Jaring, Arvin Slagter, Dimeo van der Horst and Jessey Voorn won in the group stage against China (21-15), Poland (19-7), Latvia (21-19) and Japan (17-15).
The number two of the 2017 and 2018 World Cup therefore qualified directly for the last eight of the seventh edition of the 3×3 basketball world championship.
In the quarter-final game against France, which had finished second in group A, the Orange squad quickly fell 1-5 behind, but the Dutch came back to 9-9. The French did not give away a new lead of four points, so that the World Cup for the Netherlands has come to an end.
Earlier in the day, the Dutch women lost 10-19 to Lithuania in the intermediate round, which means that they are also ready in Antwerp. Janine Guijt, Loyce Bettonvil, Natalie van den Adel and Noortje Driessen finished third in their group and therefore had to play an extra game to reach the quarterfinals.
At 3×3 basketball, which was on the Olympic program for the first time in Tokyo last year, there are three players per team on the field. The teams play on one basket, on one half and a match lasts only ten minutes (clean playing time).