Iconic American team Princeton look slightly different in 2023, but they are still producing plenty of dubs.
They had a rocky Day One with a tough loss to Wuhan before recording a stunning one-two punch against Futian (CHN) and Toronto KBA.
Princeton fell short of a second title this season, but this new line-up is paying a fitting tribute to their legendary brand.
Crazy Caruso: Sharpshooter Henry Caruso has been one of the best newcomers to 3x3 and he again was red-hot to finish No.1 in player value (39.8) and No.3 in scoring (32).
He combined brilliantly with fellow sniper Damon Huffman, who proved he was a tough man to finish with 30 points as a new deadly duo make their mark.
The Final: Wuxi 22- Princeton 16
The battle between the third and fourth seeds promised a close contest and this didn't disappoint.
Damon Huffman and Marko Radonjic traded two-pieces in a sign of what was ahead between red-hot shooting teams.
This threatened to be a shoot-out contest with Radonjic and Huffman again firing from downtown, while Stefan Stojacic was out to prove he could still get wet.
Radonjic was a man possessed as he drained another and when Jiaren Zhao skipped prettily to the basket for a lay up, Wuxi were in control at 12-7.
Princeton needed their bucket getter to get going and Henry Caruso stepped up with three quick points to close the gap to 14-13.
But Radonjic was not to be denied as he hit a couple of two-pointers to reinstate Wuxi's buffer before finishing Princeton off with his sixth two to call game with nearly three minutes left on the clock.
A ridiculous Radonjic finished with 12 points as Wuxi deservedly celebrated their title breakthrough.
The reward: Three tickets to the Constanta Masters
Wuxi, Princeton and Wuhan joined Amsterdam HiPRO, Antwerp TOPdesk, Raudondvaris Hoptrans, Liman Huishan NE, Fribourg and Hangzhou as the teams to have qualified for the Constanta Masters on September 9-10.
Final Standings: 1. Wuxi (CHN) 2. Princeton (USA) 3. Wuhan (CHN) 4. Toronto KBA (CAN) 5. Futian (CHN)
Top Scorers: 1. Ximiao Yu (Wuhan, CHN) 38 pts 2. Marko Radonjic (Wuxi, CHN) 36 pts 3. Henry Caruso (Princeton, USA) 32 pts 4. Damon Huffman (Princeton, (USA) 30 pts 5. Jiaren Zhao (Wuxi, CHN) 29 pts
Key Stats: - Top seeds Futian and Utrecht (NED) fell in the quarters. - Futian's Thibaut Vervoort was 'Must See TV' against Manila Chooks on Day One with a triple-five consisting of 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 highlights. - Wuxi's rising star Jiaren Zhao had a monster game against host Yichang (CHN), where he had a player-value of 20.5.