DOHA (FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2019) – Riga Ghetto (LAT) won their first Masters after defeating world No.1 Liman (SRB) 15-14 in a tense final of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Doha Masters on April 18-19, 2019.
In a spectacular start to the season, it was a hard-fought, low-scoring game but the world No.3 finally tasted glory and were brilliantly led by Karlis Lasmanis who scored an equal game-high 8 points. He hit clutch buckets and deservedly claimed the MVP after leading all scorers with 39 points in the tournament.
Liman were unable to get revenge after losing to Riga Ghetto in the quarter-final of the Bloomage Final in Beijing last year.
Without injured star Stefan Stojacic, Liman had ended rival Novi Sad’s 35-game winning streak with a tough 20-17 victory in a dramatic semi-final.
After the second placed finishes in 2018, the Latvians broke through and also took home the USD 30,000 cheque.
In the individual contests, Stefan Kojic (Liman, SRB) won the shoot-out, while Ukranian Vadim ‘Miller’ Poddubchenko won a thrilling dunk contest over David Carlos from the Philippines.
1. Riga Ghetto (LAT)
2. Liman (SRB)
3. Novi Sad (SRB)
4. Piran (SLO)
5. Pasig Chooks (PHI)
6. Balanga Chooks (PHI)
7. Ljubljana (SLO)
8.Tokyo Dime (JPN)
9.Moscow Inanomo (RUS)
11.Mount-Royal U McGill (CAN)
The 2nd Masters of the season will be played in Chengdu, China on June 1-2, 2019.
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.
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