UTSUNOMIYA (Japan) - Novi Sad (SRB) won the 8th edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour in Utsunomiya, Japan, defeating Princeton (USA) in the final on November 2-3.
The Serbian squad bounced back from a difficult season (just 2 Masters wins in 2019 after a 32-0 perfect season in 2018) and an opening game loss in the Final against Princeton (USA) to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet.
Novi Sad defeated Princeton in the championship game 21-17 guided by Dusan Bulut, who led the team in scoring in the final with 7 points. His teammate Tamas Ivosev - added 5. Robbie Hummel caught fire for the Americans with 9 points in the losing effort.
Ivosev was named MVP of the World Tour Final after leading Novi Sad in scoring with 30 points.
Novi Sad already won the FIBA 3x3 World Tour in 2014 (in Japan already), 2015 and 2018.
In the individual contests, Edgars Krumins (Riga Ghetto, LAT) took home the Run The Floor Shoot-Out Contest after tying the all-time record with 17 points, including all 3 money balls. Isaiah Rivera (PUR) cashed in the USD 2,5000 prize money at the Ashikawa Ginkou Dunk Contest.
1. Novi Sad (SRB)
2. Princeton (USA)
3.Riga Ghetto (LAT)
4. Amsterdam (NED)
5. Piran (SLO)
6. Sakiai Gulbelè (LTU)
7. Liman (SRB)
8. NY Harlem (USA)
9. Zemun (SRB)
10. Jeddah (KSA)
11. Edmonton (CAN)
12. Lausanne TNV (SUI)
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 and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups.
On 9 June 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Nike is the Founding Partner, Wilson the Global Sponsor and Tissot the Official Timekeeper of FIBA 3x3.
FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, and the Magic Sky canopy system.
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