Antwerp and Paris clash in Day One blockbuster at FIBA 3x3 Hong Kong Masters

21 Nov 2023

HONG KONG - In-form teams Antwerp TOPdesk (BEL) and Paris (FRA) will square off in a day one blockbuster at the FIBA 3x3 Hong Kong Masters.

There are 16 teams in the draw of the regular season finale with a slew of mouth-watering games as the World Tour descends to Hong Kong for the second straight season.

Perhaps the most anticipated game will be in Pool B as second seed Antwerp face Paris, who became the first French team to win on the World Tour after taking out the Wuxi Masters.

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Antwerp hit top form with a runners-up finish in Manama as Jonas Foerts and Dennis Donkor formed a deadly duo. The third team will come from the qualifying draw.

Top seed Ub Huishan NE (SRB) will be desperate to regain that winning feeling after again falling short in Manama.

They have gone eight straight stops without a title, but Ub's hopes have been lifted with No.1 player Strahinja Stojacic back in the line-up.

'Doctor Strange' will be out to make Hong Kong part of his 3x3 multiverse because Ub will have their hands full against Constanta Masters champs Hangzhou (CHN) and Princeton (USA).

Snipers Vladimir Trajkovic and Henry Caruso ensure that Pool A is stacked with talent and surely the 'Group of Death'.

Hangzhou might have the mental edge having beaten Princeton in the semis at the recent Neom Challenger.

Pool C is headlined by third seed Amsterdam HiPRO (NED) and Lausanne Sport LS (SUI). Both teams are looking for their first title on this season's World Tour having enjoyed success on the pro circuit.

It will be highlights galore when dunking machine Worthy de Jong and Wilson wizard Gilles Martin share the same half-court. The third team will come from the qualifying draw.

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Masters champs Raudondvaris Hoptrans (LTU) and Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy (MGL) will battle for Pool D supremacy. Defensive ace Dulguun Enkhbat will have his work cut out to stop Aurelijus Pukelis, who wears the crown in Hong Kong having won last year's MVP.

There is another Lithuanian team out to steal the show with Plunge (LTU) capable of going on a giant-killing run as they proved by taking out the title at the Neom Challenger.

Omaha (USA), Jeddah (KSA) and Podgorica Kodio (MNE) are the favorites to emerge from the six-team qualifying draw.