CHENGDU (FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2018) - Team Saskatoon had a strong performance on Day 1 at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Chengdu Masters setting a new World Tour Record in China on September 29.
The Canadian squad, who are playing their 3rd World Tour Masters of the season, started the day with a 2-0 in Chengdu. In their opening game against Wukesong, Linklater & co. set a new World Tour record after defeating the Chinese squad by 18 points (22-4). That's the biggest win in FIBA 3x3 World Tour history replacing a 17-point win by RJ Madureida, from Brazil, in the Sao Paulo Masters 2013. In their second game of the day, Saskatoon put on a show against Tachikawa (JPN) and got a 21-17 win.
2018 World Tour Utsunomiya Masters winners Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) also finished undefeated on Day 1 in China and advanced as first in Pool A after taking care of Beijing West and Dongan, who also advanced to the quarter-finals.
If Saskatoon dominated their Pool, you can say the same about Riga Ghetto. The Latvian squad are on a mission to win their first-ever World Tour Masters and defeated North Jakarta Pertamina 22-5 in their opening game. The Indonesian team were eliminated after a loss against The Hague (NED), who join Riga in the knock-out rounds.
Last, but not least, Moscow Inanomo (RUS) and Ulaanbaatar (MGL) advanced in Pool D.
Yusuke Kodera (Tachikawa - JPN) topped all scorers on Day 1 with 18 points.
Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) v Tachikawa (JPN)
Moscow Inanomo (RUS) v The Hague (NED)
Riga Ghetto (LAT) v Ulaanbaatar (MGL)
Saskatoon (CAN) v Dongan (CHN)
In the shoot-out contest, Ding Chen (Dongan - CHN), Semen Debda (Moscow Inanomo - RUS), Yusuke Kodera (Tachikawa - JPN) & Chen Qiujie (Beijing West WXfahui - CHN) advanced to the final