Our Gangurrus girls’s 3×3 staff comprising of Anneli Maley, Alex Wilson, Lauren Mansfield and Marena Whittle have claimed gold in Singapore on the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup 2023.
The victory is a crucial steppingstone on the street to Paris 2024, with Australia now securing its spot within the qualifying match for the Olympics early subsequent 12 months.
Taking up rivals New Zealand within the ultimate, the staff received 21 to 11 in gorgeous vogue, with Wilson capturing an extended vary shot to safe the title and marking the staff’s third gold medal within the match’s sixth version.
After exhibiting her class all through the five-day competitors with 43 factors and 33 rebounds, Whittle was fittingly named the ladies’s MVP of the occasion and likewise featured within the ‘Crew of the Event’. Fellow teammate Maley, who completed the occasion with probably the most rebounds (39), was additionally named within the staff of the competitors.
Having began the occasion within the qualifying draw, the quartet went undefeated all through the occasion beating the likes of China, Thailand and Chinese language Taipei.
Talking after the win, an exhausted Maley stated she was extremely happy with the staff.
“Oh, it feels so good, I’m so happy with us,” Maley stated.
“I wish to give a shoutout as properly to our prolonged squad again at residence, we are able to’t be right here competing with out them and their assist.
“The Gangurrus – which is the indigenous phrase for Kangaroos – we’re household and it’s simply an superior feeling to win on the court docket together with your greatest mates.”
The Gangurrus males’s staff of Daniel Johnson, Andrew Metal, Lucas Walker and Todd Blanchfield did the inexperienced and gold proud, claiming silver of their ultimate in opposition to Mongolia – 21 to 18.
In a hard-fought recreation Mongolia jumped out to a five-point lead at one stage (16-11), nevertheless Australia, with its never-give-up-attitude, pegged its means again to even the rating at 18 apiece. However some particular person brilliance from Anand Ariunbold within the dying phases noticed Mongolia defeat the reining champs and declare its second FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup title, having received in 2017.
Up till that match Australia had been on a 24-game profitable streak, with its final defeat extremely coming in opposition to Mongolia in 2017.
Daniel Johnson and Todd Blanchfield completed within the high 4 scorers for the competitors, capturing 31 and 30 factors respectively.
Congratulations to our Ladies’s gold medal staff:
Coach: Damon Lowery
Congratulations to our males’s silver medal staff:
Coach: Dave Biwer
The lads’s staff will now want to complete high three within the 2023 World Cup in Vienna in June, to earn a spot within the Paris Qualifiers early subsequent 12 months.