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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.

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No stopping Riga at Nanjing 3×3 Challenger





NANJING – Riga (LAT) won the Nanjing 3×3 Challenger after defeating Moscow Inanomo (RUS) in the final in Nanjing, China on April 21-22, 2018.

Riga had a perfect run in the old capital of China, winning all 5 games before the 10-minute limit, by an average of more than 8 points.

Their campaign ended the same it started: with a convincing win (21-12 in the final) against Moscow Inanomo, who went all the way from the qualifying draw to the final, with wins against the number 13 (Ulaanbaatar, MGL) and the number 1 team in the world (Novi Sad, SRB).

Both Riga stars Karlis Lasmanis and Nauris Miezis scored 28 points in 5 games but it was the latter, who was voted MVP of the tournament.

Riga confirmed their outstanding start in 2018: with the exception of the Goyang Challenger last week (where they finished 4th), they won 5 titles in 5 tournaments so far this year.

Last season Riga won 3 Challengers but have yet to reach the title game of a World Tour event.

The Nanjing 3×3 Challenger is a direct qualifier to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Chengdu Masters. The Latvian team however already had secured a spot in China thanks to their FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking. One good reason to come to Nanjing though: they took home 10,000 USD in prize money.

The fact Riga had already qualified means both Moscow Inanomo and third-place Ulaanbaatar will join them in Chengdu on September 29-30, 2018.

Both teams are relatively new on the professional circuit. Moscow will make their World Tour debut this year while Ulaanbaatar celebrated their only previous World Tour appearance with a semi-final finish at the Utsunomiya Masters last year.

The 4 Ulaanbaatar players now switch their attention to national team 3×3 basketball. They will try to defend Mongolia’s title at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup in Shenzhen, China on April 27-May 1.

A total of 16 teams from 9 different countries played in Nanjing, including 6 of the Top 20 teams in the world: Novi Sad (SRB, #1), Piran (SLO, #4), Riga (LAT, #6), Ulaanbaatar (MGL, #13), Humpolec Bernard (#CZE, 16) and Split Statist (CRO, #18).

Final standings

  1. Riga (LAT)
  2. Moscow Inanomo (RUS)
  3. Ulaanbaatar (MGL)
  4. Split Statist (CRO)
  5. Novi Sad (SRB)

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Nanjing Challenger preview: Novi Sad are back





NANJING – The number one 3×3 team in the world Novi Sad (SRB) makes its season debut at the Nanjing Challenger on April 21-22, 2018.

3×3 star Dusan Bulut makes his return to Nanjing, where he broke the Internet last year with a sick ridiculous shammgod between the legs.

The 2-time FIBA 3×3 World Tour winners will be looking to stop a cold streak on the 3×3 circuit. Their last title dates back to September 8, 2017 when they won the ING-DiBa 3×3 Berlin Challenger.

After battling with injuries all year in 2017, Novi Sad will start the season with their historic quarter of Bulut, number 1 player in the world Dejan Majstorovic, Marko Savic and Marko Zdero.

They will also bring back their historic name of Novi Sad (SRB) for the first time since they won the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Tokyo Final in 2014.

It won’t be a walk in the park for the Serbs, who will have to deal with 2 other teams currently ranked in the Top 10, who both defeated them at the World Tour last year: Piran (SLO, #4) and Riga (LAT, #6).

Three additional Top 20 teams will play in China: Ulaanbaatar (MGL #13), who finished 3rd at the Nanjing Challenger last year, Humpolec Bernard (CZE, #16) and Split Statist (CRO, #18).

The two best teams at the Nanjing Challenger get a chance to qualify for the Chengdu Masters on September 29-30, 2018.

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

The only other team who has already clinched its spot to Chengdu (via the Masters draft too) is Liman (SRB).

The 16 participating teams from 9 different countries will also compete for 20,000 USD in prize money.

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