New recognition for organizers of the Lipik 3×3 Challenger has arrived from the Central State Office for Sport.
According to the decision of the highest state body responsible for the development of sports in Croatia, Lipik 3×3 Challenger is one of the 21 top sports events to be co-financed this year.
This was confirmed on Friday, March 8, by the Decision on allocation of funding to co-finance the organization of major sporting events in 2019, signed by Krešimir Šamija, State Secretary Janica Kostelić’s Deputy.
This decision grants funds totaling HRK 8.9 million, and Lipik 3×3 Challenger will be co-financed in the amount of HRK 200,000.
Some of the most prominent events that had been classified as major sporting events in 2019 along with Lipik 3×3 Challenger are “Snow Queen Trophy” – Audi Fis Ski World Cup Zagreb, ATP Croatia Open Umag, IAAF “Memorial Boris Hanžeković” Zagreb, WTA Croatia Bol Open.
BEIJING (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) won their 3rd FIBA 3×3 World Tour title in the Chinese capital on October 28 after finishing the season with a historic 32-0 record.
The Serbian squad defeated Riga Ghetto (LAT) in the title game 20-18. Agnis Cavars had a chance to tie the game with just 2 seconds to go, but his 2-pointer bounced out.
FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final MVP Dusan Bulut led Novi Sad in scoring in the final with 7 points, Dejan ‘The Maestro’ Majstorovic added 6, while Karlis Lasmanis was the leading scorer for Riga with 9 points.
Novi Sad Al Wahda won their third 3×3 World Tour title in Beijing without losing a single game in the season, stretching their unprecedented winning streak to 32.
In the individual contests of the Bloomage Beijing Final, Kiran Shastri (Delhi 3BL – IND) dominated the shoot-out and Vadim ‘Miller’ Poddubchenko (UKR) won his 2nd FIBA 3×3 World Tour Dunk Contest Final after defeating 5-time winner Rafal ‘Lipek’ Lipinski (POL).
The seventh edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour featured 9 Masters, starting in Saskatoon , Canada on July 21-22, and also stopping in Utsunomiya, Prague, Lausanne, Debrecen, Mexico City, Hyderabad, Chengdu, and Penang. The Final brought together the winners of all Masters and the rest of the teams, which finished in the Top 12 in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour season standings. Prize money on the FIBA 3×3 World Tour topped 1 million US dollars for the first time in 2018.
PENANG (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) won their 3rd Masters of the year after defeating Piran (SLO) 21-15 in the final of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Penang Masters on October 13-14, 2018.
Stefan Stojacic aka ‘Mister Robot’ cracked the code in the championship game. The tournament MVP led all scorers in Malaysia and had a game-high 13 points in the final, including the game-winner from way outside. A minute of silence was observed before the game and all 8 players wore a black ribbon in tribute to FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann, who passed away during the night.
Liman Tesla Voda ended the Masters season as the number one team in the World Tour standings with 8 appearances and 3 titles (Utsunomiya, Chengdu and Penang).
Ten teams had already secured their ticket to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final before Penang: Liman Tesla Voda (SRB), Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) – who won 5 titles in just 5 appearances, Ljubljana (SLO) – who were the only other team to win a Masters, Riga Ghetto (LAT), Amsterdam Inoxdeals (NED), Piran (SLO), Zemun (SRB), Humpolec Bernard (CZE), Saskatoon (CAN) and Princeton (USA).
Gagarin (RUS) and Delhi 3BL (IND) – 5th in Penang – finished 11th and 12th in the World Tour standings after 9 Masters and therefore won the last 2 tickets to China.
The FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final will take place in the Chinese capital on October 27-28, 2018.
In the individual contests of the Penang Masters, ‘Disco Domo’ Jones (NY Harlem 3BALL USA (USA) dominated the shoot-out and 2-time FIBA 3×3 Dunk World Champion Dmitry ‘Smoove’ Krivenko (Ukraine) won the dunk contest and earned USD 2,500 in prize money.
CHENGDU (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) won their second FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters of the season in Chengdu, China on September 29-30.
The number two 3×3 team in the world defeated Riga Ghetto (LAT) in the final (21-12) of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Chengdu Masters 2018 to win their second Masters of the season following their victory at the Utsunomiya Masters.
This marks the 4th 3×3 World Tour Masters title for Liman Tesla Voda, who took home the USD 30,000 cheque.
Stefan Stojacic won his 3rd MVP title in Chengdu after leading his team in scoring in the final with 8 points and finished the competition with 34 points in 5 games.
In the individual contests, SemenDebda (Moscow Inanomo, RUS) won the shoot-out while Ukraine dunker star Vadim ‘Miller’ Poddubchenko ruled the dunk contest and earned USD 2,500 in prize money.
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.
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.
BUCHAREST (FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup 2018) – Serbia’s men and France’s women won the fourth edition of the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup in Bucharest, Romania on September 14-16.
Serbia won their first-ever FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup after defeating Latvia in the final in an absolute nail-biter (19-18). This marks the end of the Serbian curse as the 4-time World Champions had yet to win their first European crown.
Dusan Bulut added another MVP award to his trophy cabinet after leading Serbia to the title in the iconic location of the Bucharest Metropolitan Circus. The number one 3×3 player in the world scored 13 of his team’s 19 points in the final.
He was joined on the team of the tournament by Karlis Lasmanis (Latvia) and Simon Finzgar, who led Slovenia to the bronze medal.
In the women’s category, France also finished with a perfect 5-0 record and dominated Netherlands in the final (21-5).
Migna Touré was named MVP of the competition. The 23-year-old led France to their first-ever gold medal in the women’s category and finished the competition with 35 points. She was joined on the Team of The tournament by teammate Ana-Maria Filip and Ukraine’s Anna Olkhovyk, who scored a memorable Tissot buzzer beater in overtime in the bronze-medal game against Italy.
In the shoot-out contest, Angelo Tsagarakis added a second gold medal for France. Two women took home the other 2 medals: Romina Ciappina won silver for Belgium and Paula Palomares struck bronze for Spain.
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.
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.
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.