Impressive Liman claim title over Amsterdam at the Kunshan 3×3 Challenger

KUNSHAN (China) – Serbian powerhouse Liman (SRB) tasted title success after easily beating Amsterdam (NED) at the fourth 3×3 Challenger of the season in Kunshan, China, on May 18-19, 2019.

The world No.2 had performed well in the absence of superstar Stefan Stojacic but were unable to go all the way, notably at the Doha Masters where the Serbs finished second.

In Kunshan, they were pushed early by Russian team Sosnovy Bor Cop Rosatom 22-18 before impressively raising their game.

Liman got revenge over Pasig Chooks (PHI) with a 22-12 beat down after the Filipinos had beaten them in Doha. They then dominated the knockout stages with Stefan Kojic bringing his own two-piece in the final as Liman thrashed Amsterdam 21-11.

In the continual absence of Stojacic, Liman’s players had to step up. Kojic, the No.8 ranked player in the world, particularly lifted his game and was the leading scorer in the tournament with 41 points.

Kojic was brilliant when it mattered most with 9 points in the quarter-finals against Korolev (RUS) but saved his best for last.

Against Amsterdam, he scored 12 points and became Steph Curry from another postcode connecting on all four of his shots from behind the arc.

Liman were determined not to let the title slip on this occasion. Kojic and Maksim Kovacevic took turns in splashing from deep as the Serbs raced out to a big early lead. It wasn’t just their outside game that dazzled, a pretty spin move in the paint from Mihailo Vasic saw Liman dominate everywhere.

Only a thunderous dunk by Jesper Jobse provided cheer for Amsterdam but this game was never in doubt. Kojic went bang, bang as Liman celebrated a long-awaited triumph.

Liman and Amsterdam won their tickets to the second Masters of the season in Chengdu. The China event is headlined by world No.1 Novi Sad while Riga Ghetto had already qualified as the Latvians aim to win their second straight Masters.


Brave Novi Sad overcome in-form Edmonton to win Penang 3×3 Challenger

PENANG (Malaysia) – A courageous Novi Sad (SRB) were pushed to the limit by in-form Edmonton (CAN) but returned to winning fashion at the third 3×3 Challenger of the season in Penang, Malaysia, on May 11-12, 2019.

The No.1 team in the world had to do it the hard way in the last-minute absence of Dusan Bulut. The three-man lineup of Dejan Majstorovic, Marko Zdero and Marko Savic produced a gutsy performance and overcame an early loss to Edmonton in the pool stage to beat the Canadians in the final.

Much to their delight, Novi Sad thrillingly beat their Serbian rivals Liman (SRB) 21-19 in the quarter-finals in the latest chapter between the two best teams in the world. It was sweet revenge for Novi Sad, whose 35-game winning streak ended at the hands of Liman during last month’s Doha Masters.

Majstorovic reminded everyone why he is ‘The Maestro’ in Malaysia. In the knockout stages, Majstorovic stepped up with a dominant 15 points against Liman, 16 versus Tokyo Dime (JPN) in the semis and then a game-high 9 points in the final.

He was splashing from another postcode but also deadly from inside to deservedly win the MVP after finishing with an incredible 57 points (34 from behind the arc).

The Serbs usually play their best on the big stage and this was no exception as they raced out of the blocks faster than Usain Bolt. Majstorovic continued his hot form with a couple of two-pieces to give Novi Sad a commanding 11-4 lead.

It looked like an easy win until Edmonton found their groove. 25-year-old Jordan Jensen-Whyte played tough defense to force Novi Sad into turnovers. Landry and Jermaine Bucknor feasted inside to get the Canadians within two.

But, fittingly, Majstorovic iced the game at the line to seal Novi Sad’s crown.


Edmonton win Fountask Nanjing 3×3 Challenger

NANJING (China) – The tournament’s number 9 seed Edmonton (CAN) beat all odds to win the 2nd 3×3 Challenger of the season in Nanjing, China on April 20-21, 2019.

The Canadians are one of the brand new teams on the World Tour this season. The squad is the result of the split-up of Team Saskatoon (CAN), who finished 2nd at the World Tour back in 2014: Jordan Baker, Jermaine Bucknor and Steve Sir created Edmonton while Nolan Brudehl, Michael Lieffers and Michael Linklater remained with Team Saskatoon.

The team’s success shouldn’t come as a total surprise as Edmonton reached the semi-finals of the Wuxi Challenger the previous week. In Nanjing, they switched to 6th gear.

Their captain Steve Sir went from Steve Kerr to Steph Curry in Nanjing. The best shooter in the history of NCAA basketball (in percentage) was more of a spot-up or a catch-and-shoot shooter last year. This year, he’s also shooting off the dribble and has more responsibilities with the ball. This translated into an MVP performance, including an event-best 36 points (32 of them coming from behind the arc).

Princeton started the final with the pedal on the gas and jumped to a 6-2 lead after Kareem Maddox converted a free throw. But Steve Sir had been there, done that. The Canadian sniper went unconscious, hitting 3 twos in a row in 90 seconds. leading his team to a 8-nothing-run. He had a game-high 9 points in the final. His team-mate 25-year-old Jordan Jensen-Whyte also scored from behind the arc and gave Edmonton a 19-10 lead with 2’30” to go. The Canadians had a bit of a late-game scare as they did not score after that. Former NBA player Robbie Hummel started finding his range (he also had 4 two-pointers in the game) but Princeton could not complete that come-back and fell 3 points short (16-19).

Edmonton and Princeton won their ticket to the 2nd Masters of the season in Chengdu. They join Novi Sad (SRB) and Ljubljana (SLO) – who qualified based on ranking – and Riga Ghetto (LAT) and Gagarin (RUS), who finished 1 and 2 at the 1st Challenger of the season in Wuxi, China. It’ll be Edmonton’s first-ever trip to the World Tour.


Riga Ghetto claim their first Masters after winning the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Doha Masters

DOHA (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2019) – Riga Ghetto (LAT) won their first Masters after defeating world No.1 Liman (SRB) 15-14 in a tense final of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Doha Masters on April 18-19, 2019.

In a spectacular start to the season, it was a hard-fought, low-scoring game but the world No.3 finally tasted glory and were brilliantly led by Karlis Lasmanis who scored an equal game-high 8 points. He hit clutch buckets and deservedly claimed the MVP after leading all scorers with 39 points in the tournament.

Liman were unable to get revenge after losing to Riga Ghetto in the quarter-final of the Bloomage Final in Beijing last year.

Without injured star Stefan Stojacic, Liman had ended rival Novi Sad’s 35-game winning streak with a tough 20-17 victory in a dramatic semi-final.

After the second placed finishes in 2018, the Latvians broke through and also took home the USD 30,000 cheque.

In the individual contests, Stefan Kojic (Liman, SRB) won the shoot-out, while Ukranian Vadim ‘Miller’ Poddubchenko won a thrilling dunk contest over David Carlos from the Philippines.


Riga Ghetto blast competition at Wuxi 3×3 Challenger 2019

WUXI (China) – The number 3 team in the world Riga Ghetto (LAT) won the 1st 3×3 Challenger of the season in Wuxi, China on April 13-14, 2019.

Last year the Latvians were the team that made the most money on the challenger circuit (5 titles, $55,000 in total). The team lived up to the hype in Wuxi with 5 wins in 5 games, including 4 games before the limit.

Their star player Karlis Lasmanis topped all scorers with 39 points (7.8 ppg) and was named MVP of the event. Interestingly the team was playing without their veteran Edgars Krumins. Nauris Miezis was making his official comeback after being sidelined for over a month with a leg injury.

We had an entertaining final in Wuxi (8th fastest game of the tournament). Props to Gagarin for making it a ball game cause it really didn’t look that way after they were down 8-2 and later 17-8. After crazy comeback wins in the quarter and semi-finals, Gagarin once again came from behind. Zuev fueled a 7-0 run with a big 2-pointer with 2 minutes to go to make it a one-possession game. But then Gagarin fell back to Earth. They would not score again. The fans will remember Lasmanis’ double-digit effort in the final (10 points) but Nauris Miezis scored the game-winner and had himself a ball game. He had a very rare triple five with 7 points, 6 highlights (including 5 key assists) and 5 rebounds.

Both Riga Ghetto and Gagarin won their ticket to the 2nd Masters of the season in Chengdu. Novi Sad (SRB) and Ljubljana (SLO) were the only 2 teams to have already clinched a spot in the city of the pandas (based on their ranking). Riga will actually open their World Tour season this week at the Doha Masters. They qualified by winning the 1st edition of the United League Europe in St Petersburg.


Lipik 3×3 Challenger among the major sporting events in Croatia

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.


Undefeated Novi Sad Al Wahda win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final 2018

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.


Liman Tesla Voda win their 3rd FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters of the season in Penang

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.


Liman Tesla Voda win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Chengdu Masters 2018

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.


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.