Bucharest to host FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup 2018

The fourth edition of the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup will be staged in Bucharest, Romania on September 14-16, 2018.

The Romanian capital will play host to the most important 3×3 national team competition in Europe for a record third time in four editions, cementing its legacy as one of the capitals of 3×3.

Romania shined in previous editions: men won gold in 2014 while women struck silver in 2016.

The event will be hosted by the Romanian Basketball Federation and organized by Sport Arena Streetball.

The exact venue will be announced at a later date.

Fifty-nine teams (men and women combined) from 33 countries have registered to earn their ticket to the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup, a significant growth compared to last year’s edition.

In 2017, 46 teams from 26 countries participated.

These teams will compete in one of the three qualifiers held in Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra) on June 23-24, Poitiers (France) on June 29-30 and Constanta (Romania) on June 30 – July 1.

Twelve men’s teams and 12 women’s teams will compete in Bucharest on September 14-16.

Russia’s women and Latvia’s men are the reigning European champions following their heroics in Amsterdam, Netherlands on July 7-9, 2017.



Start of a new era for Hercegovac and 2-time FIBA 3×3 World Tour winners, Team Ljubljana

LJUBLJANA – Former number one 3×3 player in the world Jasmin Hercegovac confirmed Team Ljubljana (SLO) – the 2013 and 2016 FIBA 3×3 World Tour winners – are revamping their roster this season.

“Obviously we are losing a lot of experience,” the Slovenian sharpshooter said.

“Tomo (Cajic) and Ales (Kunc) are 2 guys with whom we achieved everything possible. It will definitely have an impact.”

Cajic and Kunc were both on the team that won the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Abu Dhabi Final just 1,5 years ago.

After losing their title in Beijing last year, the team contemplated changes. The news that Team Kranj (SLO) lost 2 players on long-term injuries was a catalyst: Cajic and Kunc opted to change team ahead of the season.

“There are no hard feelings,” Hercegovac explained. “We love them and truly wish them all the best.”

To fill the void, Ljubljana announced the arrival of sharpshooter Dejan Mlakar, who led Monaco to the quarter-finals of the Debrecen Masters last year.

“When we saw him play in Hungary,” Hercegovac said. “It clicked! We had this guy sparring with us the whole time, what were we thinking? He’s not just a shooter: he can drive, he plays defense. He was the MVP of the Slovenian basketball league in 2013 so he’s a quality player.”

“It was the end of an era for teams playing with 3 big guys,” The Iceman added. “No other team was like that. We are just adjusting our team to the evolution of the game to make our way back on top.”

The talented 26-year-old Jakob Cebasek will be the second addition to Team Ljubljana. The versatile 6ft 7in (2.00m) player made a few appearances for Ljubljana in 2016 and won the Raiffeisen Lugano Challenger back in 2015 with Domzale (SLO).

The returning Blaz ‘Birdman’ Cresnar and Zelimir Zagorac will complete the team.

Do all these changes make Ljubljana contender again? Hercegovac definitely thinks so:

“I believed in my team in previous years and I believe in this team now. I think we have great potential to be back on top of the 3×3 game.”

Photo: Petar Glebov/Pixsell


First list of 3×3 Challengers unveiled

MIES – FIBA announced on Wednesday the number of 3×3 Challengers would increase from 14 last year to a minimum of 21 in 2018.

These premium direct international qualifiers to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour will make a first-ever appearance in Australia, Cyprus, Italy, South Korea, Latvia and Lithuania.

Saskatoon Masters (21-22 July)

Event Organiser Country Date
Hanam Challenger Korea 3×3 Basketball League South Korea 14-15 April
Chengdu Challenger Chengdu Basketball Association China 26-27 May


Utsunomiya Masters (28-29 July)

Event Organiser Country Date
Wuxi Challenger Fountask China 28-29 April
Melbourne Challenger Basketball Australia Australia 19-20 May


Prague Masters (4-5 August)

Event Organiser Country Date
Moscow Open Challenger Streetbasket Russia Russia 18-19 May
The Hague Challenger NBB Netherlands 2-3 June
Kaunas Challenger Sporto namų grupė Lithuania 30 June – 1 July


Lausanne Masters (24-25 August)

Event Organiser Country Date
Lignano Challenger FIP Italy 14-15 July
Lipik Challenger LIBOX Croatia 6-7 July
Ventspils Challenger Ghetto Basket Latvia 27-28 July


Debrecen Masters (30-31 August)

Event Organiser Country Date
Bucharest Challenger SportArena Romania 11-12 August
Ljubljana Challenger KZS Slovenia 18-19 August
Limassol Challenger Limassol 3on3 Cyprus 16-17 June


Mexico City Masters (8-9 September)

Event Organiser Country Date
Sao Paolo Challenger ANB Brazil tbc


Quito Masters (22-23 September)

Event Organiser Country Date
Berlin Challenger DBB Germany 31 August – 1 September
World Hoops Penang Challenger World Hoops Malaysia 5-6 May


Chengdu  Masters (29-30 September)

Event Organiser Country Date
Nanjing Challenger Fountask China 21-22 April
Hang Zhou Challenger Zhe Jiang Basketball Association China 16-17 June


Kuala Lumpur Masters (6-7 October)

Event Organiser Country Date
Huai An Challenger Fountask China 12-13 May
Ulaanbaatar Challenger Mongolia Basketball Federation Mongolia 2-3 June
Qingdao Challenger CBA China tbc

Sixteen invitational teams take part in each Challenger and the two finalists stamp their ticket to a designated FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters (unless they are already qualified to the same Masters).

Prize money will reach 20k USD in each one of these challengers this season, a key contribution in the professionalization of the game (close to 1.5 million USD on the entire pro circuit, including the FIBA 3×3 World Tour).

A finalist list of World Tour qualifiers (which may include more challengers) will be announced at a later stage.

While the majority of the World Tour spots are allocated to teams who won a qualifier, 2 tickets per Masters are allocated based on the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking. Additionally, each World Tour Masters organizer is awarded a local wildcard.

All organizers interested in hosting a 3×3 Challenger in following seasons can contact FIBA’s 3×3 team.



FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018 prize money tops 1,000,000 USD

MIES – FIBA will double total prize money at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour in 2018 to break the 1 million USD mark for the first time in 3×3 history.

“This is a crucial milestone for us,” FIBA 3×3 Managing Director Alex Sanchez said. “We want to give our current and future stars the financial means to dedicate themselves to the game and bring it to an even more spectacular level.”

Part of this growth comes from the increase in World Tour events from 8 last season to an all-time high 10 in 2018, with Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Quito, Ecuador, playing hosts for the first time.

Prize money at each Masters will be on the rise. While the finalists were the only 2 teams to earn cash in 2017 (20 and 10k USD respectively), more teams will make more money this year.

Masters winners will take home 30k USD (besides a direct ticket to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final) and teams ranked 2nd to 4th will get 20, 12 and 8k USD richer respectively.

Prize money at the Final will remain stable in 2018 (still 40k USD for the winners and 30, 18 and 12k USD for the next 3 respectively).

The other big change? End of season prize money for the best and most consistent professional teams will now be based on the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking (instead of pre-World Tour Final standings), be more than doubled and benefit the Top 8 teams (compared to 6 last year).

The number one team in the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking on November 1, 2018 will earn 60k USD. The teams ranked 2nd to 8th will get 48, 40, 36, 32, 28, 24 and 20k USD respectively.

Besides the million dollar USD at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, FIBA also announced prize money at the 3×3 Challengers (premium international tournaments qualifying 2 teams to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour) will near 500k USD this season. In other words, there will be close to 1,500,000 USD in prize money during the FIBA 3×3 professional season.



FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018 calendar announced with all-time high 10 dates

MIES – FIBA on Tuesday unveiled the full schedule for the 7th edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, which will grow from 8 to 10 events, starting with the Saskatoon Masters in Canada on July 21-22 and culminating with the Bloomage Beijing Final in the Chinese capital on October 27-28.

“Adding two more events to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour is a giant step forward,” FIBA 3×3 Managing Director Alex Sanchez said. “It shows the ever-increasing interest for our Olympic sport, especially from new organizers.”

Launched in 2012, the annual World Tour is the flagship competition of 3×3 basketball. It sees teams representing cities from around the world qualify for 9 Masters and a Final through a worldwide network of qualifying tournaments and via the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking.

The best 3×3 players in the world return to the streets of Saskatoon, Utsunomiya, Prague, Lausanne, Debrecen, Chengdu, Mexico City and Beijing in iconic downtown locations, which include Shinto shrines, shopping malls and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The competition makes its maiden appearance in Quito, Ecuador and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As well as the number of events reaching an all-time high, overall prize money will top 1 million USD for the first time ever.

“This is a crucial milestone for us,” Sanchez added. “We want to give our current and future stars the financial means to dedicate themselves to the game and bring it to an even more spectacular level.”

The top 12 teams in the World Tour standings after the last Masters – including the winners of each stage – qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final.

FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018 calendar:

July 21-22 – Saskatoon, Canada
July 28-29 – Utsunomiya, Japan
August 4-5 – Prague, Czech Republic
August 24-25 – Lausanne, Switzerland
August 30-31 – Debrecen, Hungary
September 8-9 – Mexico City, Mexico
September 22-23 – Quito, Ecuador
September 29-30 – Chengdu, China
October 6-7 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 27-28 – Beijing, China – World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final

Zemun Master (SRB) won the last edition of the World Tour on an unbelievable buzzer-beater in Beijing China, on October 28-29, 2017 (VIDEO).

A Dunk Contest and a Shoot-out Contest will take place at each FIBA 3×3 World Tour event.



Fast-Paced & Exciting: 3×3 Basketball Rules Explained by Kyle Montgomery

3×3 basketball is an incredibly fast-paced and exciting sport which differs from traditional 5 v 5 in many ways. In this video we introduce you to the rules of 3×3 basketball!

Maybe you have never seen him before, but you have definitely heard (of) him before: Kyle Montgomery is the voice of 3×3 and he has not only dedicated his voice but also his heart to this sport.

Source: FIBA 3×3 YouTube
Photo: Screenshot FIBA 3×3 YouTube


Zemun Master win FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2017 at the buzzer

BEIJING – Zemun Master (SRB) won the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final 2017 after defeating Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE) in a heart-breaking final in the Chinese capital on October 29.
With the game tied at 17 and the 12-second shot-clock running out, 27-year-old Bogdan Dragovic buried a desperation off-balance two-pointer from the 3×3 logo, that sent the Chinese crowd at the Wukesong Hi-Up shopping mall on its feet.

The team had never won a single World Tour event before the Bloomage Beijing Final. Twice this year they had lost in the championship game, both at the Chengdu and the Mexico City Masters. However this year was the year of the Dragon. The sixth edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour featured 7 Masters, starting on 15-16 July in Saskatoon, Canada also stopping in Utsunomiya, Prague, Lausanne, Debrecen, Chengdu and Mexico City.

The Final saw 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.
Zemun Master took home the US $40,000 winning prize. The top four teams collected prize money, which doubled in 2017 to reach US $600,000 in the entire 3×3 professional season.



Ljubljana win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Saskatoon Masters 2017

SASKATOON – FIBA 3×3 World Tour reigning champions Ljubljana (SLO) won the first Masters of the World Tour season and clinched their ticket to the Bloomage Beijing Final after besting Team Saskatoon (21-14) on their home turf in the title game on July 15-16.

The two-time World Tour winners were undefeated in the ‘Paris of the Prairies’ and in the final broke the heart of the spectators, who came in numbers to support Team Saskatoon.

Tomo Cajic had a game-high 8 points in the title game, topped the scoring list and was named MVP of the tournament. His teammate Jasmin Hercegovac also contributed 8 points while Blaz ‘Birdman’ Cresnar added 3 and Ales Kunc scored 2.

Team Saskatoon captain Michael Linklater netted a team-high 6 points in the losing effort.



Novi Sad Al Wahda make history after winning Lipik 3×3 Challenger

Two-time FIBA 3×3 World Tour winners Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE) became the first team in 3×3 history to qualify to each one of the World Tour Masters after winning the loaded Cedevita Lipik 3×3 Challenger in Lipik, Croatia on June 30 and July 1 2017.

Despite missing two core players due to injury (Marko Savic and Marko Zdero), Novi Sad Al Wahda were a perfect 6-0 in Lipik.

With his team up 18-17 in the final against Liman (SRB), the number one 3×3 player in the world Dusan Domovic Bulut drove hard to the basket, drew the foul and got the acrobatic finish to fall. With Liman in the penalty, ‘Mr Bullutproof’ ice the game from the free throw line.

His team-mate Dejan Majstorovic was named MVP, just a week after being named MVP of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2017.

By reaching the final, both Novi Sad Al Wahda and Liman (whose star Stefan Stojacic was the top scorer in Lipik) qualified for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Saskatoon Masters, the only one still missing for Bulut’s team.

After getting an automatic spot in 3 World Tour Masters (Debrecen, Mexico City and Prague) based on their #1 rank in the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking at the end of last season, Novi Sad Al Wahda earned their ticket to the other 4 (Chengdu, Lausanne, Utsunomiya and now Saskatoon) by shining in challengers, these international tournaments which qualify 2 teams to the World Tour directly.

The Cedevita Lipik 3×3 Challenger was the only European-based qualifier to the Saskatoon Masters. As a result, 13 of the 15 top teams in the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking traveled to Croatia for the event!

Photo: FOTOimago


Lipik Challenger highest ranked in 2016 season

International Basketball Federation (FIBA) confirmed Lipik as the highest ranked Challenger of the 2016 season at the Challenger organizers meeting held at the end of August in Lausanne.

Scoring criteria contained sum of players ranking points achieved by participating the world Challengers.

Sum of players ranking points in Challengers:

  1. Lipik 17,168,900
  2. Moscow 16,941,720
  3. Bucharest 14,889,020
  4. Abu Dhabi 11,868,030
  5. The Hague 11,310,740
  6. Sibiu 10,260,310
  7. Chengdu 9,259,030
  8. Lugano 9,220,715
  9. Berlin 8,906,290
  10. Penang 8,555,080
  11. Doha 8,118,880
  12. Shenzhen 3,771,030

Photo: Antun Ciglenečki