CHENGDU (China) – World No.1 Novi Sad (SRB) won their first Masters of the season after comfortably beating Riga Ghetto (LAT) 21-14 in the final at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Chengdu Masters on June 2, 2019.
Novi Sad dominated last season’s World Tour but their incredible 35-game winning streak was snapped by Liman in the semi-finals at the Doha Masters in April. But the Serbian powerhouse proved why they are the world’s best by bouncing back in Chengdu to claim the USD 30,000 cheque.
Novi Sad brought their A-game in the final with Dejan Majstorovic continuing his hot form with a game-high 8 points. The event MVP was well supported by Tamas Ivosev, who controlled the paint to finish with 6 points.
It was heartbreak for Riga who were attempting to win their second straight Masters after a memorable triumph in Doha.
In the individual contests, Steve Sir (Edmonton, CAN) not only won the shoot-out, he set a new all-time record with 17 points out of a possible 21. The Canadian sharpshooter cashed in a $5000 cheque for setting the new benchmark, while Australian Brodie Stephens claimed the dunk contest over local favorite Yixun Zhang (CHN).
The 3rd Masters of the season will be played in Mexico City, Mexico on July 6-7, 2019.
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.
CHENGDU (3×3 Challengers) – Liman (SRB) maintained their early season torrid pace by dominating Vitez EcosRomari (BIH) (19-17) in the final of the Chengdu 3×3 Challenger on May 26-27, 2018.
The number two 3×3 team won their 2nd challenger of the season after their success in Wuxi and became the first team to qualify for 5 World Tour Masters this season (Saskatoon, Utsunomiya, Prague, Chengdu and Kuala Lumpur).
The young Serbian team went undefeated in Chengdu but were given a few scares along the way, in a quarter-final overtime thriller against Belgrade (SRB) and in the final against Vitez.
In the championship game, the surprising Vitez – missing their star player Zeljko Palavra – looked Liman right in the eyes and the score was tied at 6, 11 and then again 13. One of the main reasons was former Kranj (SLO) player Sinisa Stemberger who was on a heat check for 2 full days. The Croatian sharpshooter topped all scorers in China.
Liman star Stefan Stojacic struggled at times in Chengdu but he was decisive in the last minute of the championship game with 2 strong drives with 1 minute and 23 seconds to go.
Both finalists won a ticket to the opening World Tour event of the season: the Saskatoon Masters, which will take place on July 28-29.
Two historic teams confirmed their early season woes: both Ljubljana (SLO) and Belgrade (SRB) disappeared in the quarter-finals. Neither of them have been able to stamp a new World Tour ticket since the season started.
Seven of the Top 20 teams in the world and a total of 16 teams from 10 different countries competed at the Chengdu Challenger.
The next Challengers will take place in The Hague, Netherlands and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on June 2-3.