Sakiai regain Lithuanian 3x3 supremacy ahead of Hoptrans3x3 final

17 Jul 2020

PALANGA (Lithuania) – Revenge is a dish best served cold… and dominantly. After losing in Stop-2 to Juventus in the final, Sakiai avenged their earlier defeat to win Stop-3 of Lithuania's Hoptrans3x3, a qualifier to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour.

The number 6 ranked team in the FIBA 3x3 Team Ranking and the bronze medal winners at last year's FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup (repping Lithuania), Sakiai showed why they came into the event as the favorites. They defeated Juventus Uniclub in the final, 22-13, controlling the action from the first whistle.

The sun was shining through at the Hoptrans Arena as the action heated up over the past two days, which saw the visit of FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis. After three stops, Juventus Uniclub remains the number one seed with 7 other teams joining them in the final stop.

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Marijus Uzupis was named MVP of Stop-3 after a lights-out shooting performance that netted him 46 total points, 28 of them coming from outside the arc.

Heading into Stop-4, a champion will be crowned from the remaining 8 teams in the field, which can be found here. Remember the winning team will qualify to a FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters.

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Final standings after 3 stops 👆#hoptrans3x3 #betsafelkl #3x3lithuania

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There will be two pools of four teams in the final with seeding as follows: Pool A: Juventus, P. Žvaigždės, Šiauliai, and Neptūnas. Pool B: Šakiai, Tauras, Lietkabelis, and Dzūkija.

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A 2-pt ALLEY-OOP? 😱👀🤯 THAT'S THE WAY TO SEND A GAME TO OT 😤💥👊🔥 #Hoptrans3x3

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Stop-3 also included arguably the most memorable moment of the tournament thus far as Uniclub and Cbet played in an overtime thriller, earned through a 2-point alley-oop as regulation expired.

The final of the Hoptrans 3x3 event will take place next Friday, July 24, 2020. Check out all the 3x3 action on Youtube.com/FIBA3x3.