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Novi Sad Al Wahda extend unprecedented streak with FIBA 3×3 World Tour Hyderabad Masters 2018 title

HYDERABAD (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) continued to make history after winning their 5th Masters of the season in Hyderabad, India on September 22-23, 2018.

The two-time World Tour winners not only won each and every Masters in which they participated this year, they also finished the Masters season undefeated in 27 games! They did not qualify neither for the Chengdu Masters nor for the Penang Masters and will make their next appearance at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final on October 27-28, 2018.

The number one team in the world won every game before the limit in Hyderabad and defeated archrivals Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) 21-16 in the final. Tournament MVP Dejan Majstorovic stepped up in the final minute of the game with back-to-back 2-pointers for the win and the USD 30,000 cheque, their 5th in 2018.

His teammate Dusan Bulut topped all scorers with 45 points in 5 games.

In the individual contests, Stanislav Sharov (Gagarin, RUS) won the shoot-out while Poland star dunker Rafal ‘Lipek’ Lipinski ruled the dunk contest and earned USD 2,500 in prize money.

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NY Harlem win inaugural Edmonton Challenger

EDMONTON (3×3 Challengers)- NY Harlem 3Ball (USA) won the Edmonton Challenger after defeating Ralja Intergalactic (SRB) 21-17 in the final on September 22-23.

NY Harlem 3Ball won their first challenger of the season against the newest Serbian team on the tour. The final was one of the fastest games of the tournament lasting only 5:30 of game time. Ralja took an early lead as 23-year-old star Nebosja Kilijan scored 3x 2-pointers. It was not enough to beat the 2-time WT Mexico City Masters runner-up Disco Dominque Jones and company.

NY Harlem 3Ball won a USD 10,000 cheque, they also secured a ticket to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Penang Masters, which will take place in Malaysia on October 13-14.

This means NY Harlem 3Ball will play in their 2 Masters of the 2018 season.

By finishing second, Ralja Intergalactic also won a trip to Malaysia. It will be their 3rd Masters of the season. They are currently ranked 14th on 2018 WT standings and will look to improve upon 6th place finish in Debrecen Masters.

In total, 16 teams from 7 countries competed for 2 days in the West Edmonton Mall for a total of USD 20,000 in prize money.

The other teams who have already clinched their ticket to the Penang Masters are Liman (SRB), Zemun (SRB), Kranj (SLO), Princeton (USA), Piran (SLO), Melbourne (AUS), Delhi (IND), Tachikawa Dice (JPN).

This was the last Challenger of the 2018 season.

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Ljubljana win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Mexico City Masters 2018

MEXICO CITY (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Ljubljana (SLO) won the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Mexico City Masters at the Perisur shopping mall on September 8-9.

The 2-time FIBA 3×3 World Tour Winners won their first Masters of the season and stamped their ticket for the Bloomage Beijing Final, that will take place in the Chinese capital on October 27-28.

The Slovenians defeated Ponce, from Puerto Rico, in the final 21-17.

This marks Ljubljana’s 3rd Masters title in World Tour history. They also took home the USD 30,000 cheque.

Jasmin Hercegovac was named MVP of the event after leading all scorers in Mexico with 42 points overall, and scoring 15 points in the final alone.

In the individual contests, Steve Sir (Saskatoon, CAN) won the shoot-out while U.S dunker Connor Barth dominated the dunk contest and cashed in USD 2,500 in prize money.

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Novi Sad Al Wahda’s historic streak continues at FIBA 3×3 World Tour Debrecen Masters 2018

DEBRECEN (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) won their 4th Masters of the season in Debrecen, Hungary on August 30, 2018.

The number one team in the world extended its winning streak to 22 games in a row after defeating Riga (LAT) 21-10 in the final and became the first squad in 3×3 history to win 4 Masters in the same season.

Dusan Bulut won his 3rd MVP trophy of the season after scoring 11 points in the final alone and 44 points in 2 days, a season high for any player at the World Tour this year.

This is Novi Sad Al Wahda’s 14th World Tour Masters title. They took home the USD 30,000 cheque for the 4th time this year after their success in Saskatoon, Prague and Lausanne.

In the individual contests, Ivan Nedeljkovic (Kragujevac, SRB) won the shoot-out while Ukraine star dunker Vadim ‘Miller’ Poddubchenko dominated the dunk contest and cashed in USD 2,500 in prize money.

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ING-DiBa 3×3 Berlin Challenger in the bag for Princeton

BERLIN (3×3 Challengers) – Princeton (USA) won the ING-DiBa 3×3 Berlin Challenger after defeating Saõ Paulo DC (BRA) in the final on August 31-September 1.

Princeton won their 3rd Challenger of the season in dominant fashion: the US champions won their last 4 games before the limit, including a 21-18 success in the final.

With the Brazilians attempting a furious comeback, Zahir Carrington took his responsibilities and hit the game-winning turn-around jumper in the paint.

The number 17 team in the world not only won a USD 10,000 cheque, they also secured a ticket to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Hyderabad Masters, which will take place in India on September 22-23.

This means Princeton (USA) will play in 3 of the last 4 Masters of the season since they already stamped their ticket to both the Mexico City and Kuala Lumpur Masters.

By finishing second, Saõ Paulo DC (BRA) also won a trip to India. It will be their 2nd Masters of the season since they will also compete in Mexico City.

In total, 16 teams from 11 countries competed for 2 days in the iconic Mall of Berlin for a total of USD 20,000 in prize money.

The other 6 teams who have already clinched their ticket to the Hyderabad Masters are Belgrade (SRB), Gagarin (RUS), Gdansk Energa Basket (POL), Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB), Piran (SLO) and Ponce (PUR).

The next Challenger is the Shanghai 3×3 Challenger and will be held in China on September 7-8.

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Novi Sad Al Wahda win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Lausanne Masters 2018, presented by VTX

LAUSANNE (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) won the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Lausanne Masters, presented by VTX for the second straight year on August 24-25, 2018.

The 2-time World Tour winners beat fellow Serbians Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) 21-20 in the final and won their 3rd Masters of the season… in 3 appearances. This is the 2nd time this season that the number 1 team in the world defeat the number 2 in a final, following the Saskatoon Masters.

Stefan Stojacic’s 2-pointer tied the game at 20 apiece and Liman Tesla Voda had a chance to win the USD 30,000 cheque. Aleksandar Ratkov missed the layup and on the next possession, Marko Savic played hero with a tough contested game-winner.

Tamas Ivosev (Novi Sad Al Wahda) was named MVP after scoring a second-best 32 points. Stefan Stojacic (Liman Tesla Voda) topped all scorers with 42 points.

Pro dunker Chris Staples (USA) won the dunk contest and cashed in USD 2,500 in prize money. This is Staples’ first appearance and win at a World Tour this season.

The 5th Masters of the season will be held in the Debrecen, Hungary on August 30-31.

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Amsterdam Inoxdeals win Cedevita Ljubljana 3×3 Challenger

LJUBLJANA (3×3 Challengers) – Amsterdam Inoxdeals (NED) won their 3rd Challenger of the season after narrowly edging out Vrbas Avai (SRB) 21-19 in the final of the Cedevita Ljubljana 3×3 Challenger in Slovenia on August 17-18.

After winning at the The Hague and Kaunas Challengers and finishing 2nd at the World Tour Utsunomiya Masters, the Dutch champions continued their killer season start in Ljubljana.

The number 7 team in the world did not lose a single game in the Slovenian capital but had to sweat to win the USD 10,000 cheque in the final against Vrbas Avai. After the Serbs made a furious comeback down 19-20, tournament MVP Dimeo Van den Horst took the baseline and timed his floater to perfection.

Both teams earned a ticket to the Debrecen Masters, which will take place on August 30-31. It will be Amsterdam Inoxdeals’ 5th Masters this year! Vrbas Avai will make their World Tour debut in Hungary but 3×3 fans will recognize a few faces there, starting with event top scorer Danilo Mijatovic, who represented Serbia at the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup last year. The list goes on with the speedy Filip Simic, who played at the Lausanne Masters in 2016 with Team Obrenovac and Strahinja Stojacic, who’s none other than the number one 3×3 player in the world, Stefan Stojacic’s brother.

In total, 5 teams in the Top 10 and 16 teams from 10 countries brought a huge crowd to the city center of Ljubljana for 2 days for a total of USD 20,000 in prize money.

The other 6 teams who have already qualified to the Debrecen Masters are Belgrade (SRB), Humpolec Bernard (CZE), Kranj (SLO), Liman Tesla Voda (SRB), Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) and Riga (LAT).

The next Challenger is the ING-DiBa Berlin 3×3 Challenger and will be held in Germany on August 31 – September 1.

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Riga go back to back at Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest 3×3 Challenger

BUCHAREST (3×3 Challengers) – After one of the most spectacular games of the season, Riga (LAT) won for the second time in a row the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest 3×3 Challenger, edging out Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) by just one point, 21-20 in the final.

The tournament took place in ParkLake Shopping Center, a unique mall from District 3 of the Romanian capital city.

Nauris Miezis scored the final basket of a game filled with spectacular passes, two-point field goals and some amazing display of skills, hard work and determination from both teams. It was 3×3 basketball at his best between two of the best teams in the world right now.

The game was a roller-coaster, with Riga in the driving seat from the get-go. The Latvians had a flying start and led 7-2 after just 90 seconds. Novi Sad climbed back to just one possession 10-8 for Riga with 7 minutes to go.

Karlis Lasmanis and Miezis were on fire and Riga were leading 14-8 midway through the game. But then Dusan Bulut happened. He scored five points in a row, Tamas Ivosev add another bomb from long range and suddenly Novi Sad were up 16-15.

The final minutes were truly crazy, with both teams going at each other, trading baskets and playing with the hearts of an amazing crowd. In the end Miezis squeezed the ball into the basket on a tough reverse lay-up and Riga got the big credit card with 10,000 USD offered by Raiffeisen Bank and Mastercard.

It was the second time in 2 weeks that Riga defeated Novi Sad Al Wahda in the final of a challenger.

Surprisingly enough the number 1 team in the world still hasn’t won a single challenger this season (in 7 tries)… yet they’ve won the 2 World Tour Masters they’ve participated in. Riga on the other hand are now the team with the most challengers wins this season. After their success in Nanjing (China), Lipik (Croatia), Ventspils (in Latvia 2 weeks ago) and now Bucharest (Romania), they’ve now won 4 challengers this year.

With this win, Riga secured a ticket to the Debrecen Masters, which will take place on August 30-31. Since Novi Sad Al Wahda already had qualified (based on ranking), the team ranked 3rd in Bucharest (Team Belgrade (SRB)) will join the party in Hungary.

The 3 other teams who already have their pass for the Debrecen Masters are Humpolec Bernard (CZE) and Kranj (SLO) and last year’s winners Liman Tesla Voda (SRB).

After playing for three days in the side event organized together with the challenger, the kids got the chance to share the same stage as their idols during the award ceremony, receiving their prizes from the hands of the best players in the world.

The next Challenger is the Cedevita Ljubljana 3×3 Challenger and will be held in Slovenia on August 17-18.

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Novi Sad Al Wahda win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Prague Masters 2018

PRAGUE (FIBA 3×3 World Tour) – Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) made history after winning the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Prague Masters in Czech Republic on August 4-5.

The Serbian squad defeated Gagarin (RUS) 21-12 in the final and became the first team in 3×3 history to go from the Qualifying Draw all the way to the title in a World Tour Masters.

Novi Sad Al Wahda superstar Dusan Bulut was named MVP after leading all scorers at the event, scoring 12 points in the final and dishing an insane spinning no-look behind the back pass, which was featured on ESPN SportsCenter, House of Highlights and all over the web.

This is Novi Sad Al Wahda’s 12th World Tour Masters title. They also took home the USD 30,000 cheque, their second of the season after winning the Saskatoon Masters 2 weeks ago.

Gagarin made quite an impression for their first-ever appearance on the World Tour. The young Russian team (22 years old on average) defeated 2 Top 10 teams in the world back to back to reach the final in Prague.

Polish pro dunker Piotr Grabowski dominated the dunk contest and cashed in USD 2,500 in prize money.

This was the first time the World Tour was played in the front of the iconic Prague Castle but the 6th edition of the Prague Masters overall. Novi Sad Al Wahda won it for the 4th time!

The 4th Masters of the season will be held in the Olympic capital Lausanne, Switzerland on August 24-25.

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Riga Ghetto Basket win Ventspils Challenger

VENTSPILS (3×3 Challenger) – Riga Ghetto Basket (LAT) won the inaugural edition of the Ventspils Challenger after coming from behind to beat Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) in the final on July 28-29, 2018.

Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) was the team to beat after finishing 1st at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Saskatoon Masters on July 21-22. However, Riga found their footing with all their local support. Novi Sad Al Wahda had a 4 point lead going into the final 2 minutes….which isn’t enough in 3×3. Nauris Miezis scored two big 2-pointers – and an even bigger assist to a flying Karlis Lasmanis for a 21-17 Riga win.

Both Novi Sad Al Wahda and Riga Ghetto Basket had qualified for the Lausanne Masters already. This means the third and fourth place team Kranj (SLO) and Kaunas (LTU) earned their ticket to the Olympic Capital.

The other 5 teams who have already qualified to the Lausanne Masters are Zemun (SRB), Liman Tesla Voda (SRB), Ljubljana (SLO), Humpolec Bernard (CZE), and Nice (FRA)

The next Challenger is the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger and will be held in Bucharest, Romania on August 11-12

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