Chinese powers Beijing and Futian square off at FIBA 3x3 Shanghai Masters 2023
11 Oct 2023
SHANGHAI (China) - Chinese powerhouses Beijing (CHN) and Futian (CHN) will battle in a Day One blockbuster to ignite the first-ever Shanghai Masters.
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour journeys to glitzy Shanghai for the first time on October 14-15 with the loud fans set to have their loyalties split between the two best Chinese teams.
Beijing and Futian will meet in Pool C, which also has Antananarivo (MAD) led by scoring machine Elly Randriamampionona.
Beijing will be keen to rebound after crashing out on Day One in Amsterdam and will feel confident having beaten Futian in the final of the Penang Challenger.
While superheroes Karlis Lasmanis and Nauris Miezis lace up for Beijing, Futian will be without Split Challenger MVP Dimeo van der Horst as more scoring burden will be placed on the shoulders of Thibaut Vervoort.
Top seeds Vienna (AUT) loom as the team to beat in Pool A and their confidence is sky high after winning in Amsterdam having avenged a heart-breaking defeat to Miami (USA) in the epic final in Cebu.
Led by Amsterdam MVP Quincy Diggs, Vienna are the favorites in Pool A featuring Utrecht (NED) and Omaha (USA).