Having already claimed a title this season, the Japanese team are a rising force and they further underlined their credentials with a strong showing in Fribourg.
Utsunomiya meant business from the get go with an impressive victory over No.2 seeds Antwerp TOPdesk (BEL) and then in the knockout rounds they beat Partizan (SRB) and hosts Fribourg (SUI).
They couldn't quite go all the way, but Utsunomiya's strong season so far continued.
Magnificent Milakovic: Sharpshooter Marko Milakovic is starting to rise into the top tier in 3x3.
His growing confidence was on full display in Fribourg with Milakovic finishing No.1 in scoring with an insane 45 points and he was cold blooded with a buzzer beater to knock out Partizan in the quarters.
Milakovic's swagger shows that he genuinely knows he can dominate the half-court.
Key Stats: - The top two seeds Vienna and Antwerp TOPdesk were both knocked out in the quarter-finals. - Leopold Cavaliere was electric for Paris (FRA) with a tournament leading 7 dunks. - Young gun Johann Garbin of Poitiers Drags had one of the best games of the event when he posted a triple-five of 8 points, 5 rebounds and 10 highlights against Lausanne.