DEBRECEN (Hungary) – Riga (LAT) survived an absolute thriller in the final to win the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Hungary Masters on September 1-2, 2020.
After losing to Ub (SRB) in the pool stage, Riga had the last word in a nail-biting 21-20 final. Sharpshooter Edgars Krumins had a team-high 9 points but it was his teammate Nauris Miezis who scored the Tissot Buzzer Beater for the championship.
The former number one 3x3 player in the world Karlis Lasmanis was named MVP of the event after leading Riga in Player Value and finishing third overall in scoring. It was Riga’s fourth ever Masters win.
Ub fell just short of their first title on the World Tour, despite Ivan Popovic topping all scorers in the final with 11 points. Before that, his teammate Miroslav Pasajlic hit the biggest shot of the tournament, a step back two-pointer to knock out the 4-time World Tour winners Novi Sad in the semi-finals.
In the individual contests, Piotr Grabowski (POL) won the Wilson Dunk Contest while NY Harlem’s Dominique ‘Disco Domo’ Jones prevailed in the Tissot Shoot-out Contest.
It was the second of 3 Masters, taking place in Debrecen for the return of 3x3. The Europe Masters will follow on September 4-5.
All the health and safety measures requested by local and national authorities and the Guidelines for the Return to Basketball, developed by the FIBA Medical Advisory Group (MAG) were implemented for the occasion.
1. Riga (LAT)
2. Ub (SRB)
3. Novi Sad (SRB)
4. NY Harlem (USA)
5. Piran (SLO)
6. Jeddah (KSA)
7. Liman (SRB)
8. Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy (MGL)
9. Lausanne (SUI)
10. Sakiai (LTU)
11. Humpolec Bernard (CZE)
12. Debrecen (HUN)
13. Gagarin (RUS)
14. Antwerp Ladbrokes (BEL)
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 Games.
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FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, and the Magic Sky canopy system.
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