Lignano Sabbiadoro 3x3 Challenger Preview: Last warm up before World Tour
13 Jul 2018
LIGNANO SABBIADORO (3x3 Challenger) - Eight of the Top 20 teams in the world meet in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy, on July 14-15, just one week before the start of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2018 in Saskatoon, Canada.
For the first time ever, Italy will host a 3x3 Challenger and the level of competition could hardly be higher.
Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) will be the team to beat in Italy considering they're the number 1 seed, the 2nd team in the world and the squad that has secured the most World Tour tickets so far with 6 out of 9!
Liman Tesla Voda and Princeton (USA) are the two teams, who will use this weekend on the Italian coast as a warm up for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Saskatoon on July 21-22. Not to mention the chance to stamp a ticket to the Lausanne Masters (would be Masters #7 for Liman!) and of course the 10,000 USD in prize money for the winners.
The 5 other Top 20 teams in Lignano Sabbiadoro are 2-time World Tour winners Ljubljana (SLO, #6 team in the world), Kranj (SLO, #7), Lausanne (SUI, #16) and the 2 young Russian teams from Moscow Inanomo (#18) and Gagarin (#20).
Unlike other Challengers, none of the participating teams have already qualified for the Lausanne Masters. In other words, the top 2 teams will earn the tickets.
The only 4 teams, who have already secured their spot in the Olympic capital are Novi Sad (SRB), Zemun (SRB) [both based on ranking], Riga (LAT) and Humpolec Bernard (CZE) [the latter 2 after reaching the final at the Lipik Challenger in Croatia].
Besides bringing together 4 of the Top 7 teams in the world and 8 of the Top 20, the Lignano Sabbiadoro 3x3 Challenger will also showcase some unique universality with 16 teams from 9 different countries (including 2 from Asia and 1 from the Americas).