MIAMI, Florida (Nov. 6, 2022) - The Canadian Women’s 3x3 team took gold at the 2022 FIBA AmeriCup in Miami. Canada defeated Brazil 15-11 in the final to claim the gold medal after defeating the United States 17-15 in the semifinals and the Dominican Republic 21-4 in the quarterfinals. Michelle Plouffe was outstanding all weekend as she was named Most Outstanding Player for the women’s side of the tourney.
Plouffe led all scorers with nine points in the final as she scored or assisted on 11 of Canada’s 15 points in the win. After a slow start for both teams offensively, the score was tied at two points apiece with 6:57 remaining.
Plouffe scored Canada’s first two points of the game before assisting Katherine Plouffe on a layup and then making a two to give Canada a 5-2 lead with 5:45 remaining. M. Plouffe found K. Plouffe inside once again for a layup and then she made her second two-point shot of the game with three minutes remaining.
A long two from Brazil’s Vitoria Marcelino tied the game at 8 points apiece until Kacie Bosch scored from deep to give Canada a two-point lead with 2:15 remaining. Bosch then found K. Plouffe under the basket to extend the advantage to three points with two minutes to play.
Luana Batista de Souza hit a free throw to get Brazil within a point with 1:01 remaining, but. K. Plouffe scored on a layup to put Canada up two with 15 seconds on the clock. After a pair of free throws from M. Plouffe, Canada took a 15-11 lead with three seconds remaining as Brazil ran out of time to try to complete a comeback.
In the semi-finals, Canada held on to defeat the U.S. 17-15 in a thriller that went down to the final seconds. After a pair of free throws from M. Plouffe put Canada in front by two with 1.9 seconds on the clock, she blocked an attempt from Lexie Hull on the final possession of the game for the Americans.
M. Plouffe finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three key assists. She recorded nine highlights in the win while K. Plouffe added six points and six rebounds.
Nalyssa Smith scored the first bucket of the game for the U.S., but K. Plouffe responded with a layup of her own to tie the game at 1-1. After a missed free throw from K. Plouffe, M. Plouffe got the offensive rebound and putback to put Canada ahead 4-2 with eight minutes remaining.
A drive and score for Camille Zimmerman brought the U.S. within a point and then a two-point shot from Hull moved the US in front, 5-4 with 7:17 remaining. M. Plouffe scored on a drive to the basket to tie things up. A free throw for Zimmerman moved the US back in front and then she connected on a long jumper to make it 7-5 US with six minutes remaining.
M. Plouffe scored on a drive to the basket, but Hull came right back with a drive to the rim and scored. Smith scored inside while being fouled, making the free throw to complete the two-point play and extend the U.S. lead to five points with 4:35 remaining.
With a ticket to the finals on the line, Canada got to work.
A two from Paige Crozon brought Canada within three and then M. Plouffe scored under the basket to trim the deficit to two with 4:18 remaining. M. Plouffe then found K. Plouffe for the layup. A free throw from Smith made it a two-point lead for the U.S. until a cutting Kacie Bosch scored on a layup for Canada to get Canada back within a point.
M. Plouffe tied things at 2:05 remaining, but Smith scored on a fadeaway to put the Americans back in front. After a pair of free throws from M. Plouffe, Canada led by a point with 57 seconds remaining before M. Plouffe sealed things at the free throw line.
In the team’s first game of the day, a dominant 21-4 victory against Dominican Republic, Paige Crozon scored a game-high 10 points. M. Plouffe finished with seven points and six rebounds and K. Plouffe grabbed nine rebounds as the Canadians dominated the boards, outrebounding the Dominican Republic 21-6. In addition to their work on the glass, Canada’s defensive effort was incredible as they held the Dominican to just 3-for-20 shooting in the game.
Canada jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game before Yenifer Jimenez hit a two-point shot to get the Dominican Republic on the board. M. Plouffe responded with a two of her own, putting Canada in front 9-2 with 6:39 remaining. A two-point shot from Crozon extended the lead to 11-2, before Crozon found K. Plouuffe cutting to the basket for a layup to extend the lead to double figures with 5:50 remaining.
After a putback from K. Plouffe and then a two from Crozon, the lead was 17-3 before a layup from Brazil’s Sugeiry Monsac. A gorgeous pass from M. Plouffe to Crozon found her open under the basket where she was fouled. After a free throw from Crozon, Canada led 19-4 with 2:35 remaining. A baseline drive from Bosch made it 20-4 and then an offensive putback for Crozon sealed the victory 21-4 with 2:10 remaining on the clock.
The Canadian Men’s 3x3 team went undefeated on Saturday, but the team fell to Brazil 16-13 in the quarterfinals on Sunday in a hard-fought battle. Bikramjit Gill led Canada in the loss with six points and four rebounds, while Jonatas Mello led Brazil with six points and five rebounds.
Brazil opened the game with back-to-back scores to take a 2-0 lead before a thunderous dunk from Jordan Jensen-Whyte got Canada on the board.
The Braziians extended their lead to four points before Alex Johnson was fouled on a two-point shot attempt. After he made both free throws, Canada was within two, 6-4 with 6:12 remaining. A layup from William Weihermann moved Brazil back in front by three, but Johnson found Gill for an easy layup inside. A drive from Jensen-Whyte brought Canada back within a point, 7-6 with 4:33 remaining, but Brazil led 10-8 after a layup from Leonardo Branquinho with 2:35 remaining.
Johnson again found Gill inside for a layup to make it a one-point game, but Canada couldn’t slow Brazil Branquinho responded with a two. Gill came back with a two-pointer of his own, making it 12-11 Brazil with under two minutes to play.
Though Canada kept things close, they were unable to string together enough stops to move in front of Brazil. A drive from Gill tied the game at 12 with 1:05 remaining, but Brazil responded with back-to-back scores inside for Mello. Johnson made it a one- point game with 30 seconds remaining, but Canada ran out of time to complete a comeback.