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.