Confident Zemun (SRB), Liman’s conquerors in Ulaanbaatar, share the scoring load and their defense in hard to score against. They will be without Nebojsa Boskovic, who was so pivotal in Ulaanbatar, and he is replaced by Stefan Nikolic.
There are three Russian teams in the tournament headlined by No.3 seeds Gagarin, who have plenty of talent although they will be missing young gun Alexander Zuev.
A dark horse in the 16-team field could be Balanga Chooks after the Filipinos impressively finished sixth at the Doha Masters in April. Their giant-killing run ended at the hands of Liman, whom they face first up in Pool A.
The winner in Haining takes home $15,000 USD and there is $32,000 overall in prize money - a significant increase from $20,000 in challengers last year.
The two top teams will earn tickets for the Montreal Masters on September 7-8 in the eighth stop on this season’s FIBA 3x3 World Tour.
World No.1 Novi Sad (SRB) and Piran (SLO) have already qualified for the event in Montreal.
Follow the Hongxiang Holdings Haining Challenger live on the official FIBA 3x3 YouTube channel.