PENANG (3x3 Challenger) - Piran (SLO) won the Penang 3x3 Challenger after defeating Gdansk Energa 3x3 (POL) in the final 21-9 in Penang, Malaysia on May 5-6, 2018.
Piran was unstoppable in Malaysia, with a perfect 5-0 record. Not even Gdansk and the tournament top scorer Michael Hicks (45 points in 5 games) could outplay the seasoned Slovenian team. The final game was just over 6 minutes.
Anze Srebovt (Piran) was named MVP of the tournament as he led scoring for Piran with 31 points.
The Penang 3x3 Challenger is a direct qualifier to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour India Masters. The Slovenian team has now qualified to three masters. They earned tickets to the World Tour Prague Masters and Mexico City Masters based on ranking. It's early May and Piran has already secured the same amount of Masters that they played in 2017.
Gdansk also earned a spot to World Tour India with their 2nd place finish after an epic win against World Tour reigning champs Zemun (SRB) in the semi-finals.
Piran will play next at the Sydney Challenger on May 19-20 and the Ulaanbaatar Challenger on June 2-3 2018.
1. Piran (SLO)
2. Gdansk (POL)
3. Zemun (SRB)
4. Ljubljana (SLO)
5. Domžale (SLO)
1. Michael Hicks (Gdansk) 45 pts
2. Anze Srebovt (Piran) 31 pts
3. Bogoljub Devrnja (Yokohama City) 30 pts
4. Jasmin Hercegovac (Ljubljana) 27 pts
5. Simon Finzgar (Piran) 26 pts
- Gasper Ovnik (Piran) 26 pts