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Saskatoon win Goyang 3×3 Challenger 2018

GOYANG – Saskatoon (CAN) won the Goyang 3×3 Challenger – the first event of the professional season – after beating last year’s FIBA 3×3 World Tour winners Zemun (SRB) 17-11 in the final in Goyang, South Korea on April 14-15, 2018.

With the scored tied at 9-9 with 3 minutes to go, Saskatoon switched to 6th gear and finished on a 8-2 run.

Saskatoon captain Michael Linklater was named MVP of the tournament. He got plenty of help from sharpshooter Steve Sir and the latest addition to the team, Jordan Baker, who topped all scorers in Korea (34 points in 5 games).

Though Saskatoon reached the World Tour Final 4 times in 6 editions, won 2 Masters (Chicago 2014 and Lausanne 2016) and have consistently ranked among the best teams in the ranking, it is their first-ever Challenger title.

With this win, not only did Saskatoon get 10,000 USD, they also earned their ticket to the (home-based) FIBA 3×3 World Tour Saskatoon Masters, where they finished second last season and which will be staged on July 21-22.

Zemun (SRB) took home 6,000 USD and a trip to Canada as well. This means the number 2 team in the world is already guaranteed to play in 4 Masters this year. Thanks to their ranking, they were already given a wildcard to the Utsunomiya, Lausanne and Kuala Lumpur Masters.

The Serbian team was missing last year’s World Tour Final’s MVP Bogdan Dragovic, who tore his MCL in practice and could be out for 3 months.

Both semi-finalists Princeton (USA) and Riga (LAT) will join Saskatoon and Zemun since they had already earned their ticket to Canada (by winning the NBA Dew 3X Tour and thanks to a ranking wildcard respectively).

Princeton featured 2 new players in Korea: the athletic Kareem Maddox (who finished 4th in scoring) and former NBA player Robbie Hummel.

A total of 16 teams from 7 different countries competed in a crowded shopping mall, including 6 of the top 20 teams in the world: Zemun (#2), Riga (#6), Belgrade (#8), Amsterdam (#10), Ulaanbaatar (#12) and Saskatoon (#16).

Final Standings

  1. Saskatoon (CAN)
  2. Zemun (SRB)
  3. Princeton (USA)
  4. Riga (LAT)
  5. Amsterdam (NED)

Top Scorers

  1. Jordan Baker (Saskatoon, 34pts)
  2. Lazar Rasic (Zemun, 33)
  3. Karlis Lasmanis (Riga, 32)
  4. Kareem Maddox (Princeton, 30)
  5. Nauris Miezis (Riga, 29)

Relive the event

Day 1

Day 2

Source: www.fiba.basketball
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Goyang 3×3 Challenger Preview: Pro Season starts with a bang

GOYANG – The FIBA 3×3 World Tour reigning champs Zemun (SRB) start their title defense at the 1st Challenger of the season in Goyang, South Korea on April 14-15, 2018.

Nearly 6 months after their star Bogdan Dragovic hit the craziest title-winning shot in 3×3 history, Zemun is back on the road to the World Tour. The Serbs will be looking to already secure their 4th spot on the Tour after they landed the Utsunomiya, Lausanne and Kuala Lumpur Masters during the Masters Draft.

Unfortunately Zemun will have to do without Dragovic this time, after the 27 year-old went down in practice with an MCL tear, which won’t require surgery but could keep him out of the 3×3 courts for 3 months.

Obviously the reigning champs will miss last year’s World Tour Final MVP in South Korea but added Dejan Pejic, who replaced Dragovic at the Huai An Challenger last year… and ended up leading the team to the title and winning MVP honors.

Zemun – the 2nd-ranked team in the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking – will be in good company in Goyang with 3 more teams ranked in the Top 10, including last year’s newcomers Riga (LAT, #6), who won 3 challengers in 2017.

The other 2 will be Belgrade (SRB, #8), who won the Sibiu Challenger last season and Amsterdam (NED, #10), whose players have won silver for the Netherlands at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2017.

Two additional Top 20 teams will compete in South Korea: Ulaanbaatar (MGL, #12) and Saskatoon (CAN, #16).

The two best teams at the Goyang 3×3 Challenger get a chance to qualify for the Saskatoon Masters on July 21-22, 2018.

Since Riga have already secured their ticket to Canada (via the Masters draft), the team ranked 3rd will join them in Saskatoon if the Latvians reach the final in Goyang.

The 16 participating teams from 9 different countries will also have their eyes on the 20,000 USD in prize money.

The entire event will be livestreamed on youtube.com/FIBA3x3 on Saturday 14 (1-8pm GMT+9) and Sunday 15 (2-6pm GMT+9).

Source: www.fiba.basketball
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