RIO DE JANEIRO (3x3) – Team Sao Paulo edged out Santos in a one-sided 21-12 win in Sunday’s all-Brazilian final of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Rio de Janeiro Masters, which was held in the park known as Aterro do Flamengo, one of the venues of the 2016 Olympic Games, with the Sugarloaf Mountain on the horizon.
The pin-sized (1,74m) Rodrigo Del’Arco was on fire from behind the arc in the decider, netting six two-pointers and a total of 14 points, more than the whole Santos team combined.
Less than an hour earlier it was him already who scored 12 points, including the game-winning two-pointer in a thrilling overtime in the semi-final against Team Sao Paulo DC.
Thanks to his Sunday’s heroics, the player also known as ‘Diguinho’ surpassed Santos’ Marcellus Sarmento as the top scorer of the competition with 50 total points.
Sarmento, who scored in double digits in all three games on Saturday, was held to just four points in the final, with team-mates Jordan Burger and Guilherme Rojas adding five and three respectively.
In the individual competitions, the two-time FIBA 3x3 World Tour dunk champion Rafal ‘Lipek’ Lipinski won the Oi Galera Dunk Contest with a series of sizzling dunks that featured a 540-degree jam and a dunk over a 2,05m big man. Team Pelotas’ Felipe Ventura showed unlimited range to win the Samsung Shoot-Out Contest.
Team Sao Paulo took home the 10,000 USD winning cheque while Santos won 5,000 USD. Both qualified for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final, a first-time ever for a Brazilian team.
All seven players (Santos only featured three) were new faces at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour but not new in the world of 3x3 as Sarmento and Burger won gold representing Brazil at the 2014 3x3 World University Championships in Salvador, Bahia (BRA) on 18-21 September.
Manila West (PHI), Doha (QAT), Wukesong (CHN), Saskatoon (CAN), Denver (USA), Novi Sad (SRB), Bucharest (ROU), Trbovlje (SLO), Kranj (SLO) and Kobe (JAP) are the other ten teams who will compete with Sao Paulo and Santos at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final in Tokyo/Sendai on 11-12 October 2014.
Final Standings of the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Rio de Janeiro Masters
1. Sao Paulo (BRA)
2. Santos (BRA)
3. Fortaleza (BRA)
4. Sao Paulo DC (BRA)
5. Pelotas (BRA)
6. Neuquen (ARG)
7. Montevideo (URU)
8. La Plata (ARG)
9. La Guaira (VEN)
10. Concordia (ARG)
11. Rio (BRA)
12. Quito (ECU)