CONSTANTA (Romania) - Vladimir Trajkovic’s game-high 8 points propelled Hangzhou (CHN) to a 12 - 21 victory against Podgorica Kodio (MNE) at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Constanta Masters 2023 on September 10.
While starting off with a loss to Antwerp TOPdesk in their opener, the team from China never looked back as they went on a winning streak, last defeating Amsterdam HiPRO in the Semi-Finals to book a clash against the miraculous Podgorica Kodio who had an incredible journey to the final all the way from the Qualifying draw.
The duo of Goran Vidovic and Trajkovic had been stellar throughout the tournament, dominating on the scoresheet. The same translated to their final matchup as Vidovic constantly found the tournament’s leading scorer in favorable spots. Dusan Samardzic generated 7 points as well as the two scorers steamed ahead early with a 6 - 12 lead, never allowing Podgorica to catch up.
Milos Jovanovic, who had been immense for the team from Montenegro, struggled to find the same offensive fire as the stifling defense from Hangzhou took its toll. It was Vidovic who drove in for the final layup to seal the victory for the Chinese side who won their first-ever Masters title in their second attempt in the competition.
Trajkovic was recognized as the MVP as he finished the tournament as top scorer with 41 points and the highest Player Value with 43.9.
In the Individual contests, Hieronymus Van Der List (Utrecht) won the Chooks to Go Shoot-Out Contest, while Piotr "Grabo" Grabowski won the Arrow Sea Trading Dunk Contest.
1. Hangzhou (CHN)
2. Podgorica Kodio (MNE)
3. Liman Huishan NE (SRB)
4. Amsterdam HiPRO (NED)
5. Antwerp TOPdesk (BEL)
6. Raudondvaris Hoptrans (LTU)
7. Princeton (USA)
8. Vienna (AUT)
9. Wuxi (CHN)
10. Krupanj (SRB)
11. Fribourg (SUI)
12. Constanta Arrow Sea (ROU)
13. Utrecht (NED)
14. Wuhan (CHN)
15. Ostrow BM (POL)
16. Bialoleka Isetia (POL)
The World Tour action travels to the Philippines next as the Cebu Masters take place on September 23 - 24.
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly professional circuit for men and women (World Tour and Women’s Series respectively) and national-team competitions.
3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Wilson is the Global Ball Partner. Wilson is also the Apparel Partner, Maurice Lacroix the Official Timekeeper and Chooks-to-Go the Global Partner of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2023.
FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, Bodet shot-clocks and the Magic Sky canopy system.
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