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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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ING-DiBa 3×3 Berlin Challenger in the bag for Princeton





BERLIN (3×3 Challengers) – Princeton (USA) won the ING-DiBa 3×3 Berlin Challenger after defeating Saõ Paulo DC (BRA) in the final on August 31-September 1.

Princeton won their 3rd Challenger of the season in dominant fashion: the US champions won their last 4 games before the limit, including a 21-18 success in the final.

With the Brazilians attempting a furious comeback, Zahir Carrington took his responsibilities and hit the game-winning turn-around jumper in the paint.

The number 17 team in the world not only won a USD 10,000 cheque, they also secured a ticket to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Hyderabad Masters, which will take place in India on September 22-23.

This means Princeton (USA) will play in 3 of the last 4 Masters of the season since they already stamped their ticket to both the Mexico City and Kuala Lumpur Masters.

By finishing second, Saõ Paulo DC (BRA) also won a trip to India. It will be their 2nd Masters of the season since they will also compete in Mexico City.

In total, 16 teams from 11 countries competed for 2 days in the iconic Mall of Berlin for a total of USD 20,000 in prize money.

The other 6 teams who have already clinched their ticket to the Hyderabad Masters are Belgrade (SRB), Gagarin (RUS), Gdansk Energa Basket (POL), Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB), Piran (SLO) and Ponce (PUR).

The next Challenger is the Shanghai 3×3 Challenger and will be held in China on September 7-8.

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Princeton school opponents at Vieques 3×3 Challenger





VIEQUES (3×3 Challengers) – Princeton (USA) won their second challenger of the season after defeating NY Harlem (USA) in the final of the Vieques 3×3 Challenger on June 30 – July 1, 2018.

After winning the Huaian Challenger in China 2 months ago, the American team flew to Puerto Rico to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet.

After dropping their opener… against NY Harlem, Princeton bounced back, stopped two Top 10 teams in the world back to back (Liman, #2 and Saskatoon, #9) before avenging their pool loss in the final on a clutch two-pointer courtesy of former NBA player Robbie Hummel.

Princeton had already secured their ticket to the World Tour Mexico City Masters but took home the 10,000 USD cheque and the ranking points.

NY Harlem and third-place Saskatoon (CAN) will therefore join Princeton in the Mexican capital, when the Masters take place on September 8-9.

Piran (SLO), Ljubljana (SLO) and Ponce (PUR) are the other 3 teams who have already booked their flights to Mexico.

Six of the Top 16 teams in the world and a total of 16 teams from 8 different countries competed in Puerto Rico.

The next Challenger will be held in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy on July 14-15.

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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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