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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.

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Novi Sad Al Wahda win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Lausanne Masters 2018, presented by VTX

LAUSANNE (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) won the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Lausanne Masters, presented by VTX for the second straight year on August 24-25, 2018.

The 2-time World Tour winners beat fellow Serbians Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) 21-20 in the final and won their 3rd Masters of the season… in 3 appearances. This is the 2nd time this season that the number 1 team in the world defeat the number 2 in a final, following the Saskatoon Masters.

Stefan Stojacic’s 2-pointer tied the game at 20 apiece and Liman Tesla Voda had a chance to win the USD 30,000 cheque. Aleksandar Ratkov missed the layup and on the next possession, Marko Savic played hero with a tough contested game-winner.

Tamas Ivosev (Novi Sad Al Wahda) was named MVP after scoring a second-best 32 points. Stefan Stojacic (Liman Tesla Voda) topped all scorers with 42 points.

Pro dunker Chris Staples (USA) won the dunk contest and cashed in USD 2,500 in prize money. This is Staples’ first appearance and win at a World Tour this season.

The 5th Masters of the season will be held in the Debrecen, Hungary on August 30-31.

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Liman Tesla Voda win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Utsunomiya Masters

UTSUNOMIYA (FIBA 3×3 World Tour) – Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) won the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Utsunomiya Masters 2018 in Japan on July 28-29.

The Serbian squad bounced back in the best way after losing in the title game of the Saskatoon Masters a week ago. The number 2 team in the world defeated Amsterdam Inoxdeals (NED) in the final in Japan.

Stefan Kojic led all scorers in the final with 6 points. His teammate Stefan Stojacic added 4 and was named MVP after scoring a third-best 27 points, including a cold-blooded game-winner in the quarter-finals against Humpolec Bernard (CZE).

This marked Liman Tesla Voda’s third all-time Masters title. They took home the USD 30,000 cheque and stamped their ticket to the Bloomage Beijing Final, which will take place on October 27-28.

In the individual contests, local favorite Sho Hasegawa (Okayama) won the shoot-out contest. US pro dunker Jordan Southerland dominated the dunk contest and cashed in USD 2,500 in prize money.

Utsunomiya was hosting a FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters for the third year in a row, in one of the most iconic locations in the history of 3×3, in front of the Futaarayama Jinja shrine.

The third Masters of the season will be held in Prague, Czech Republic on August 4-5.

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Novi Sad win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Saskatoon Masters 2018

SASKATOON (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Novi Sad (SRB) won the first Masters of the 2018 season in Saskatoon, Canada, on July 21-22.

The number one team in the world defeated its Serbian rivals – and number 2 team in the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking – Liman in the final (20-18). The event MVP Dusan Bulut, had 5 points in the final and finished second overall in scoring in the ‘Paris of the Prairies’.

His teammate Dejan Majstorovic contributed a game-high 8 points in the final and led the scoring charts with 35 points overall.

The 2-time World Tour winners took home the USD 30,000 cheque and stamped their ticket to the Bloomage Beijing Final, which will take place on October 27-28.

This marked Novi Sad’s 13th title at a FIBA 3×3 World Tour event.

For the second consecutive year, the streets of Saskatoon played host to the World Tour opener. The event featured 12 squads from 6 countries, including 4 of the top 5 teams in the world.

In the individual contests, World Tour reigning champ Lazar Rasic, from Zemun (SRB) shined at the Shoot-out contest. US pro dunker Doug Anderson won the dunk contest after defeating last year’s winner Justin ‘Jus Fly’ Darlington in the final.

The second Masters of the season will be held in Utsunomiya, Japan on July 28-29.

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Liman Tesla Voda in 7th Heaven after Lignano Sabbiadoro 3×3 Challenger win

LIGNANO SABBIADORO (3×3 Challenger) – Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) will play in 7 out of 9 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters (and counting!) after winning the Lignano Sabbiadoro 3×3 Challenger in Italy, on July 14-15.

The number 2 team in the world had a pitch perfect preparation for the start of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour in Saskatoon, Canada at the end of the week, on July 21-22. They won every single game before the 10-minute limit, including a 21-17 defeat of 2-time World Tour winner Ljubljana (SLO) in the final.

Ljubljana was up 14-12 with 3 minutes to go but sharpshooter Stefan Kojic turned the game upside down with two tough 2-pointers to tie the game at 14 and then give his team a 17-15 lead.

Blaz Cresnar aka ‘Birdman’ dominated in the paint and scored 3 straight points for Ljubljana but Liman star Stefan Stojacic nailed a cold-blooded 2-pointer and his teammate Aleksandar Ratkov scored the game-winning free throw from the line.

With this win, Liman Tesla Voda not only took home the 10,000 USD cheque and became the overall leader in season earnings (42,000 USD), they also secured a ticket to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Lausanne Masters, their 7th out of 9 Masters this year! Only Mexico City and Hyderabad are still on their list!

A new season has started for Ljubljana, who had missed out on a World Tour ticket in 5 consecutive Challengers. They are now guaranteed to play in 3 Masters after they received 2 World Tour invitations based on their 5th place rank in the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking on November 1, 2017.

The other 4 teams, who have already secured their spot in the Olympic capital are Novi Sad (SRB), Zemun (SRB) [both based on ranking], Riga (LAT) and Humpolec Bernard (CZE) [the latter 2 after reaching the final at the Lipik Challenger in Croatia].

For the first time ever Italy was hosting a 3×3 Challenger, 4 of the Top 7 teams in the world showed up and 16 teams from 9 different countries.

The next Challenger will be held in Ventspils, Latvia on July 28-29.

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Humpolec finally over the hump at Limassol 3×3 Challenger

LIMASSOL (3×3 Challengers) – Humpolec Bernard (CZE) won their first-ever 3×3 Challenger after a dramatic comeback win against Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) in the final of the Limassol 3×3 Challenger on June 16-17, 2018.

Down 11-15 with 90 seconds to go, the number 1 team in Czech Republic look doomed to get their 3rd second-place finish in a row in a challenger this season. After all, the team had reasons to celebrate: the 2 best teams in each challenger get a ticket to a FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters. And Humpolec Bernard had already secured a spot to Debrecen after Utsunomiya and Prague.

But this time Humpolec finally got over the hump. The new guy on the team Vladimir Sismilich curled to the 2-point arc and launched a perfect shot that the windy beaches of Limassol couldn’t stop.

Though Liman Tesla Voda lost 4,000 USD on this miracle shot, they didn’t lose everything on Cyprus Hill. They can take solace in becoming the first team this season to qualify for 6 World Tour Masters! Get ready to see a lot of Stefan Stojacic this season. He’s expected to play in Saskatoon, Utsunomiya, Prague, Debrecen, Chengdu and Kuala Lumpur.

Novi Sad (SRB) and Kranj (SLO) are the only other 2 squads who have already qualified to the Debrecen Masters, which will take place on August 30-31.

Six of the Top 15 teams in the world and a total of 16 teams from 12 different countries competed in Cyprus.

For the first time this season, 2 French teams made it to the knock-out stage as Nice finished 4th and Paris LCG 5th overall.

The tournament also featured player, MC, commentator Dora Panteli, who will represent the Greek women’s national team at the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup Andorra Qualifier this weekend.

The next Challenger will be held in Lipik, Croatia on June 22-23.

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Liman do it again, win Chengdu 3×3 Challenger

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.

Final Standings:

  1. Liman (SRB)
  2. Vitez EcosRomari (BIH)
  3. Ulaanbaatar (MGL)
  4. Ulaanbaatar (MGL)
  5. Amsterdam Inoxdeals (NED)

Top Scorers:

  1. Sinisa Stemberger (Vitez EcosRomari) 37 pts
  2. Delgernyam Davaasambuu (Ulaanbaatar) 28 pts, Matic Urbas (Kranj) 28 pts
  3. Stefan Stojacic (Liman) 27 pts, Mihailo Vasic (Liman) 27 pts

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Princeton win Huaian 3×3 Challenger

HUAIAN (3×3 Challenger) – Princeton (USA) won the Huaian 3×3 Challenger after edging out Liman (SRB) 21-19 in the final in Huaian, China on May 12-13, 2018.

After splitting games on Day 1 (including a 17-16 loss against Liman), the US national champs went off in the knock-out rounds. They beat three Top 8 teams in a row, including the #1 squad in the world in the semi-finals (Novi Sad) and the #2 in the final (Liman).

The title game was a nail-biter. No team would ever take a 4-point lead. With Princeton up 20-19, it was fitting that the 6ft 8in (2.04m) Kareem Maddox took his responsibilities, drove to the basket, drew a foul and finished the game from the line.

The 28-year-old 3×3 rookie was a joint top scorer in Huaian (tied with Liman’s Stefan Stojacic) and took home the MVP trophy.

It was Princeton’s first-ever title on the 3×3 pro circuit. With this win, they not only put 10,000 USD in the bag but also secured a ticket to the Kuala Lumpur Masters, their 3rd World Tour spot already this season (after qualifying to the Mexico City and Saskatoon Masters).

Despite losing in the final, Liman achieved their goal of qualifying for their 4th Masters this year (Chengdu, Kuala Lumpur, Prague and Utsunomiya).

The early season struggles continued for former World Tour winners Novi Sad (SRB) – finished 3rd and failed to secure an extra World tour ticket for the 3rd time in a row – and Ljubljana (SLO), who didn’t even make it out of the pools.

On the bright side, Moscow Inanomo (RUS) continued to impress, making it from the qualifying draw to the knock-out rounds for the 3rd time in a row (2nd in Nanjing, 5th in Wuxi and 6th in Huaian). The young Ljubljana East team (SLO) achieved their best result ever on the pro circuit with a surprise 4th place finish.

There will be 2 more challengers this weekend (May 19-20) with the Moscow Open Challenger in Russia and the Sydney Challenger in Australia.

Interestingly, 5 different teams have won the first 5 Challengers of the season (Saskatoon (CAN), Riga (LAT), Piran (SLO), Liman (SRB) and Princeton (USA)).

Final Standings:

  1. Princeton (USA)
  2. Liman (SRB)
  3. Novi Sad (SRB)
  4. Ljubljana East (SLO)
  5. Belgrade (SRB)

Top Scorers:

  1. Kareem Maddox (Princeton) 39 pts, Stefan Stojacic (Liman) 39 pts
  2. Dusan Bulut (Novi Sad) 34 pts
  3. Milojko Vasilic (Ljubljana East) 26 pts
  4. Dejan Majstorovic (Novi Sad) 25 pts

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Liman open season with Wuxi 3×3 Challenger win

WUXI (3×3 Challenger) – Liman (SRB) won the Wuxi 3×3 Challenger after beating Humpolec Bernard (CZE) 22-14 in the final in Wuxi, China on May 5-6, 2018.

For their first appearance on the pro circuit this year, Liman were impressive, ending up with a clean 5-0 record, with 4 of these wins coming before the limit. Last year’s World Tour regular season MVP Stefan Stojacic picked up where he left off: the 29-year-old led all scorers in Wuxi with 38 points.

In the final, Liman jumped off to a 9-1 win on a Stojacic long bomb. Humpolec crawled back in the game and made it a 3-possession game (11-16) with 2 minutes to go. But the Serbs continued to fire from behind the arc and Stojacic swished one last 2-pointer for the win.

With this win, Liman qualify for the Utsunomiya Masters, their 3rd World Tour event for the season already. Based on ranking, they already earned a ticket to the Chengdu and Prague Masters.

Humpolec may have lost the final but they had reasons to celebrate. Coming to China as the 16th team in the world, they upset the number 1 team overall and 2-time World Tour winners Novi Sad (SRB) in the semi-finals in a 21-20 thriller. They stamped their ticket to the Utsunomiya Masters (their first guaranteed World Tour event this year) and moved up to the 12th spot in the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking after the event. Oh and their star player Roman Zachrla took home the MVP trophy!

Next challenger this weekend in Huaian, China (May 12-13) with Liman, Novi Sad, Ljubljana (SLO) and Belgrade (SRB) – in other words, 4 of the top 8 teams in the world.

Final Standings:

  1. Liman (SRB)
  2. Humpolec Bernard (CZE)
  3. Novi Sad (SRB)
  4. Khovd (MGL)
  5. Moscow Inanomo (RUS)

Top Scorers:

  1. Stefan Stojacic (Liman) 38 pts
  2. Dusan Bulut (Novi Sad) 34 pts
  3. Stefan Kojic (Liman) 32 pts
  4. Dejan Majstorovic (Novi Sad) 29 pts
  5. Roman Zachrla (Humpolec) 29 pts

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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!

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