BERLIN (3x3 Challengers) - Princeton (USA) won the ING-DiBa 3x3 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 3x3 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 3x3 Challenger and will be held in China on September 7-8.
1. Princeton (USA)
2. Saõ Paulo DC (BRA)
3. Moscow Inanomo (RUS)
4. Kaunas East Simtmecio (LTU)
5. Split Statist (CRO)
1. Damon Huffman (Princeton) 36pts
2. Luiz Soriani (Saõ Paulo DC) 34pts
3. Jonatas Mello (Saõ Paulo DC) 32pts
4. Deividas Kumelis (Kaunas East Simtmecio) 28pts
- Nikita Makshev (Moscow Inanomo)28pts