TOKYO/SENDAI (3x3) - Team Jakarta (INA) is headed to a second straight appearance in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final on 11-12 October in Sendai following Doha’s (QAT) withdrawal due to injuries.
The team featuring Rizky Effendi, Vinton Nollan, Fandi Ramadhani and Wijaya Saputra are no stranger to Japan. On 21 July 2013, Jakarta won the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Tokyo Masters, earning a ticket to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final in Istanbul. Ramadhani was the winner of the Samsung Shoot-Out Contest in Turkey.
Jakarta reached the semi-finals at the Manila Masters this year but lost to eventual winners Manila West (18-14). Vinton Nollan was the team’s top scorer in the Philippines with 22 points in 4 games.
The team finished fourth and was deemed an automatic replacement for runners-up Doha after third-placed Surabaya (INA) declined due to unavailability of the players.
Jakarta will replace Doha in Pool C with third-seeded Kranj (SLO) and Beijing Masters winners Wukesong (CHN).