Riga Ghetto Basket win Ventspils Challenger

VENTSPILS (3×3 Challenger) – Riga Ghetto Basket (LAT) won the inaugural edition of the Ventspils Challenger after coming from behind to beat Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) in the final on July 28-29, 2018.

Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) was the team to beat after finishing 1st at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Saskatoon Masters on July 21-22. However, Riga found their footing with all their local support. Novi Sad Al Wahda had a 4 point lead going into the final 2 minutes….which isn’t enough in 3×3. Nauris Miezis scored two big 2-pointers – and an even bigger assist to a flying Karlis Lasmanis for a 21-17 Riga win.

Both Novi Sad Al Wahda and Riga Ghetto Basket had qualified for the Lausanne Masters already. This means the third and fourth place team Kranj (SLO) and Kaunas (LTU) earned their ticket to the Olympic Capital.

The other 5 teams who have already qualified to the Lausanne Masters are Zemun (SRB), Liman Tesla Voda (SRB), Ljubljana (SLO), Humpolec Bernard (CZE), and Nice (FRA)

The next Challenger is the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger and will be held in Bucharest, Romania on August 11-12


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.


Zemun Master win FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2017 at the buzzer

BEIJING – Zemun Master (SRB) won the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final 2017 after defeating Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE) in a heart-breaking final in the Chinese capital on October 29.
With the game tied at 17 and the 12-second shot-clock running out, 27-year-old Bogdan Dragovic buried a desperation off-balance two-pointer from the 3×3 logo, that sent the Chinese crowd at the Wukesong Hi-Up shopping mall on its feet.

The team had never won a single World Tour event before the Bloomage Beijing Final. Twice this year they had lost in the championship game, both at the Chengdu and the Mexico City Masters. However this year was the year of the Dragon. The sixth edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour featured 7 Masters, starting on 15-16 July in Saskatoon, Canada also stopping in Utsunomiya, Prague, Lausanne, Debrecen, Chengdu and Mexico City.

The Final saw 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.
Zemun Master took home the US $40,000 winning prize. The top four teams collected prize money, which doubled in 2017 to reach US $600,000 in the entire 3×3 professional season.



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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