UTSUNOMIYA (FIBA 3x3 World Tour) - Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) won the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Utsunomiya Masters 2018 in Japan on July 28-29.
The Serbian squad bounced back in the best way after losing in the title game of the Saskatoon Masters a week ago. The number 2 team in the world defeated Amsterdam Inoxdeals (NED) in the final in Japan.
Stefan Kojic led all scorers in the final with 6 points. His teammate Stefan Stojacic added 4 and was named MVP after scoring a third-best 27 points, including a cold-blooded game-winner in the quarter-finals against Humpolec Bernard (CZE).
This marked Liman Tesla Voda's third all-time Masters title. They took home the USD 30,000 cheque and stamped their ticket to the Bloomage Beijing Final, which will take place on October 27-28.
In the individual contests, local favorite Sho Hasegawa (Okayama) won the shoot-out contest. US pro dunker Jordan Southerland dominated the dunk contest and cashed in USD 2,500 in prize money.
Utsunomiya was hosting a FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters for the third year in a row, in one of the most iconic locations in the history of 3x3, in front of the Futaarayama Jinja shrine.
The third Masters of the season will be held in Prague, Czech Republic on August 4-5.
1.Liman Tesla Voda (SRB)
2.Amsterdam Inoxdeals (NED)
6.Humpolec Bernard (CZE)
9. Delhi 3BL (IND)
10.Dongguan MC (CHN)
11.Gangnam ISE (KOR)
12.Melbourne i-Athletic (AUS)
13. Ulaanbaatar (MGL)
14.Utsunomiya BREX (JPN)
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Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour (www.fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour) and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups. On June 9, 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
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