For newcomers, here's a little 3x3 history lesson: Corey Campbell was a bad man. The American was one of the best players during the early years and his creativity and hot shooting paved the way for future 3x3 stars to imitate his style.
His highest scoring output was an insane 19 of Denver's 20 points against Philadelphia in 2013 and it became the standard for several years. It might still be the gold standard of 3x3 individual performances. We did a whole video about that game. Haven't seen it yet?
Imagine being able to hit 9 two-pieces in a 3x3-game? Payton Pritchard somehow did that in a game that was over after 4 minutes and 15 seconds. That's basically 1 shot from long range every 28 seconds. You read that right.
Talk about heat checks – RJ hit the J all game and nailed seven two-pieces to ensure his hoops-crazy compatriots felt crazier than karaoke night.
Filipino players always have more pressure than others due to the sheer level of fandom but Abarrientos stepped up – made more impressively with key player Ricci Rivero sidelined – to show he was made for the big time.
There isn't any prettier sight than the 'Maestro' feeling it. And he was never better than during a purple patch mid-last year when he scored 57 points in 5 games – accounting for 56% of his team's points during a victorious campaign in Penang. Novi Sad were playing with just 3 players so no subs at this Challenger.
He scored 16 points against Tokyo Dime and 15 versus Liman in consecutive games during the knockout stages to be bigger than the Petronas Towers in Malaysia.
A shorthanded Liman's victory over Riga Ghetto in the final of the Debrecen Masters is one of the all-time grittiest wins. A three-man Liman played without a sub but it didn't matter as Maksim Kovacevic put on a show with 12 points, including 5/8 from outside the arc.
With his head wrapped up after an injury, Kovacevic resembled a warrior and the fighting spirit of Russell Crowe in Gladiator.