SASKATOON (FIBA 3x3 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 3x3 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 3x3 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.
1.Novi Sad (SRB)
2.Liman Tesla Voda (SRB)
3. Saskatoon (CAN)
4.Winnipeg AP (CAN)
5. Zemun (SRB)
6. Montreal (CAN)
7. Old Montreal (CAN)
8. Minnesota 3Ball (USA)
9. Ulaanbaatar (MGL)
10. Vitez Ecos Romari (BIH)
11. Riga (LAT)
12. Princeton (USA)
ABOUT FIBA 3x3
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour (www.fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour) and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups. On June 9, 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
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