CHENGDU (China) - World Tour 2021 winners Liman Huishan NE (SRB) conquered their first Masters of the season at the FIBA 3x3 Chengdu Masters 2023. They did it by defeating Vienna (AUT) 21-20 in an extremely thrilling final held on October 22 in Chengdu.
Liman achieved a significant victory, especially after their loss at the Shanghai Masters 2023 final last week. In this tournament, they demonstrated their skills by topping their group on the first day and maintaining a winning streak in the knockout rounds on the second day. Their path to the Final included thrilling victories against the top-seeded Ub Huishan NE (SRB) and Beijing (CHN). In the championship match, they faced Vienna, the second-seeded team led by Quincy Diggs.
As anticipated, the showdown between Liman and Vienna was highly competitive. Vienna got off to a strong start, but Liman remained close behind. In the final minute, it appeared that Vienna was poised to secure the victory as they held a 20-19 lead with Diggs having two free throws. However, he missed both, giving Stefan Kojic the opportunity to seal the title with a Maurice Lacroix buzzer-beater.
Local fan favorite Zhang Ning received the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for the tournament. He led the entire field in scoring with 37 points and ranked third in both highlights (14) and rebounds (19).
In the individual contests, Steve Sir won the Shoot-out Contest, while Dmytro "Smoove" Kryvenko repeated as the Maurice Lacroix Dunk Contest champion.
1. Liman Huishan NE (SRB)
2. Vienna (AUT)
3. Lausanne Sport LS (SUI)
4. Beijing (CHN)
5. Omaha (USA)
6. Raudondvaris Hoptrans (LTU)
7. Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy (MGL)
8. Ub Huishan NE (SRB)
9. Saitama ALPHAS EXE (JPN)
10. San Juan (PUR)
11. Sansar MMC Energy (MGL)
12. Utrecht (NED)
13. Al Shamal (QAT)
14. Cijin Jong Shyn (TPE)
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2023 returns next weekend (October 28 to 29) with the Abu Dhabi Masters.
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. 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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