Local favorites Utrecht were unstoppable at home and finished the pool stage undefeated and on top of Pool B. They won their first game on this year's World Tour against Marijampole Mantinga (LTU) 21-19 and brought the house down after comfortably defeating the number 4 team in the world Antwerp (BEL), 21-11.
While everyone's eyes were on Worthy de Jong (and for a reason, the man ranked 2nd overall in scoring with 21 points and 1st in highlights), big man Hieronymus Van der List was an inside-outside threat and added 15 points.
Also finished the pool stage undefeated: Liman Huishan NE (SRB) Amsterdam HiPro (NED) Sakiai Gulbele (LTU)
Worthy de Jong (Utrecht) impressed everyone on his World Tour debut. He started strong delivering the dunk of the weekend and showed off a bag deeper than the Grand Canyon with plenty of moves and had a rare double-double in 3x3 (11 pts-12 highlights vs. Marijampole Mantinga.
Liman Huishan NE (SRB) vs. Belgrade Partizan (SRB) Sakiai Gulbele (LTU) vs. Antwerp (BEL) Utrecht (NED) vs. Vienna (AUT) Amsterdam HiPro (NED) vs. Paris (FRA)
Evaldas Dziaugys finished as top scorer on Day 1 with 22 points. Stefan Kojic led everyone in player value (25.1) Worthy de Jong was the player to watch with 14 highlights. Frank Seguela had one of the best scoring performances of the season vs. Lublin Lotto (POL) (14 points, not to mention 9 rebounds). Franck Seguela, Worthy de Jong and Evaldas Dziaguys had a double-five today.