Novi Sad continue hot streak at Tinkoff Moscow 3×3 Challenger

MOSCOW (Russia) – Novi Sad (SRB) won their 4th event in a row, though Princeton (USA) made them sweat in the final of the Tinkoff Moscow 3×3 Challenger on June 7-8, 2019.

First there was the Penang Challenger, then came the Novi Sad Challenger and the Chengdu Masters: Novi Sad have now won their last 4 events and secured their rank as the number one 3×3 team in the world. They suffered twice in Moscow: first in a scrappy 15-13 win in the quarter-finals against rivals Moscow Inanomo (RUS) and second in a thrilling 21-19 final against Princeton (USA). Novi Sad saw the return of their leader Dusan Bulut, who had the best pass of the tournament (the year so far?).

Marko Savic led all players in key assists and highlights, Dejan Majstorovic finished 4th overall in scoring but it was Tamas Ivosev who won MVP in Moscow after ranking 3rd overall in points, 2nd in rebounds and 1st in blocks.

The final was probably the best game of the tournament, a fast-paced game which had Princeton up 9-7 after just 3 minutes. The 2 teams shot the ball extremely well. Novi Sad only missed 8 shots the entire game (17/25). Eight of their 13 shots inside the arc were assisted. Speaking of passes, Bulut’s crazy pass to an Ivosev 2-pointer helped tie the game. Novi Sad continued a good run and took a commanding 14-11 lead. Princeton responded with a 5-0 run, punctuated by a big 2 from Damon Huffman over Ivosev. Craig Moore buried his 3rd two of the final to give Princeton a 19-17 win and the US team had 5 chances to win the game but the shots stopped falling and the Serbian defense became suffocating. The impeccable 3×3 game of Novi Sad was on full display on the last possession. Bulut stole the ball, found Ivosev behind the arc, who immediately connected with Majstorovic on a perfect backdoor pass for the easy reverse layup.

Novi Sad and Princeton join Liman (SRB), NY Harlem (USA), Piran (SLO) and Zemun (SRB) for the Prague Masters on August 3-4.


Novi Sad back to winning form after claiming FIBA 3×3 World Tour Chengdu Masters

CHENGDU (China) – World No.1 Novi Sad (SRB) won their first Masters of the season after comfortably beating Riga Ghetto (LAT) 21-14 in the final at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Chengdu Masters on June 2, 2019.

Novi Sad dominated last season’s World Tour but their incredible 35-game winning streak was snapped by Liman in the semi-finals at the Doha Masters in April. But the Serbian powerhouse proved why they are the world’s best by bouncing back in Chengdu to claim the USD 30,000 cheque.

Novi Sad brought their A-game in the final with Dejan Majstorovic continuing his hot form with a game-high 8 points. The event MVP was well supported by Tamas Ivosev, who controlled the paint to finish with 6 points.

It was heartbreak for Riga who were attempting to win their second straight Masters after a memorable triumph in Doha.

In the individual contests, Steve Sir (Edmonton, CAN) not only won the shoot-out, he set a new all-time record with 17 points out of a possible 21. The Canadian sharpshooter cashed in a $5000 cheque for setting the new benchmark, while Australian Brodie Stephens claimed the dunk contest over local favorite Yixun Zhang (CHN).

The 3rd Masters of the season will be played in Mexico City, Mexico on July 6-7, 2019.


Novi Sad claim title in front of their fans at the inaugural Novi Sad Challenger

NOVI SAD (Serbia) – World No.1 Novi Sad (SRB) once again emerged victorious but were pushed all the way by an impressive NY Harlem (USA) at the inaugural Novi Sad Challenger on May 24-25, 2019.

After a shock semi-final exit at the Doha Masters last month, Novi Sad are back to their best with Challenger wins in Penang and at home.

With the world’s #1 player Dusan Bulut back in the fold, Novi Sad cruised to victories in the pool stage before raising their game when it mattered most. They gave Zemun a 21-8 beat down in the semi-finals through hot shooting and then prevailed 21-17 over NY Harlem in a thrilling decider in the mecca of 3×3.

Novi Sad are loaded with star players. Everyone contributes. That’s why they are the best in the world. Dejan Majstorovic, the MVP in Penang, continued his hot form and was equal-second highest scorer of the tournament with 35 points.

The crowd was louder than at your grandma’s hoover, but the Americans were not daunted. Disco Domo put the defenders in a spin cycle as he relentlessly drove to the rim in a tight start.

Novi Sad started to pull away with Savic dropping bombs from downtown to give the home team a 13-9 lead. But NY Harlem wasn’t done yet. Kidani Brutus let it fly from another postcode to get the margin down to one point as another thrilling finish loomed.

With the game on the line, Mr Bullutproof is money. He made three layups to get Novi Sad within striking distance and then Ivosev – who had a game high 8 points – finished it off with a fallaway two as the crowd partied like it was New Year’s Eve.

Novi Sad had already qualified for the third Masters event meaning NY Harlem and Liman won the two tickets.

Riga Ghetto (LAT), Princeton (USA) and Edmonton (CAN) also will play at the Mexico Masters on July 6-7.


Brave Novi Sad overcome in-form Edmonton to win Penang 3×3 Challenger

PENANG (Malaysia) – A courageous Novi Sad (SRB) were pushed to the limit by in-form Edmonton (CAN) but returned to winning fashion at the third 3×3 Challenger of the season in Penang, Malaysia, on May 11-12, 2019.

The No.1 team in the world had to do it the hard way in the last-minute absence of Dusan Bulut. The three-man lineup of Dejan Majstorovic, Marko Zdero and Marko Savic produced a gutsy performance and overcame an early loss to Edmonton in the pool stage to beat the Canadians in the final.

Much to their delight, Novi Sad thrillingly beat their Serbian rivals Liman (SRB) 21-19 in the quarter-finals in the latest chapter between the two best teams in the world. It was sweet revenge for Novi Sad, whose 35-game winning streak ended at the hands of Liman during last month’s Doha Masters.

Majstorovic reminded everyone why he is ‘The Maestro’ in Malaysia. In the knockout stages, Majstorovic stepped up with a dominant 15 points against Liman, 16 versus Tokyo Dime (JPN) in the semis and then a game-high 9 points in the final.

He was splashing from another postcode but also deadly from inside to deservedly win the MVP after finishing with an incredible 57 points (34 from behind the arc).

The Serbs usually play their best on the big stage and this was no exception as they raced out of the blocks faster than Usain Bolt. Majstorovic continued his hot form with a couple of two-pieces to give Novi Sad a commanding 11-4 lead.

It looked like an easy win until Edmonton found their groove. 25-year-old Jordan Jensen-Whyte played tough defense to force Novi Sad into turnovers. Landry and Jermaine Bucknor feasted inside to get the Canadians within two.

But, fittingly, Majstorovic iced the game at the line to seal Novi Sad’s crown.


Undefeated Novi Sad Al Wahda win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final 2018

BEIJING (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) won their 3rd FIBA 3×3 World Tour title in the Chinese capital on October 28 after finishing the season with a historic 32-0 record.

The Serbian squad defeated Riga Ghetto (LAT) in the title game 20-18. Agnis Cavars had a chance to tie the game with just 2 seconds to go, but his 2-pointer bounced out.

FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final MVP Dusan Bulut led Novi Sad in scoring in the final with 7 points, Dejan ‘The Maestro’ Majstorovic added 6, while Karlis Lasmanis was the leading scorer for Riga with 9 points.

Novi Sad Al Wahda won their third 3×3 World Tour title in Beijing without losing a single game in the season, stretching their unprecedented winning streak to 32.

In the individual contests of the Bloomage Beijing Final, Kiran Shastri (Delhi 3BL – IND) dominated the shoot-out and Vadim ‘Miller’ Poddubchenko (UKR) won his 2nd FIBA 3×3 World Tour Dunk Contest Final after defeating 5-time winner Rafal ‘Lipek’ Lipinski (POL).

The seventh edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour featured 9 Masters, starting in Saskatoon , Canada on July 21-22, and also stopping in Utsunomiya, Prague, Lausanne, Debrecen, Mexico City, Hyderabad, Chengdu, and Penang. The Final brought together the winners of all Masters and the rest of the teams, which finished in the Top 12 in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour season standings. Prize money on the FIBA 3×3 World Tour topped 1 million US dollars for the first time in 2018.


Novi Sad Al Wahda extend unprecedented streak with FIBA 3×3 World Tour Hyderabad Masters 2018 title

HYDERABAD (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) continued to make history after winning their 5th Masters of the season in Hyderabad, India on September 22-23, 2018.

The two-time World Tour winners not only won each and every Masters in which they participated this year, they also finished the Masters season undefeated in 27 games! They did not qualify neither for the Chengdu Masters nor for the Penang Masters and will make their next appearance at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final on October 27-28, 2018.

The number one team in the world won every game before the limit in Hyderabad and defeated archrivals Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) 21-16 in the final. Tournament MVP Dejan Majstorovic stepped up in the final minute of the game with back-to-back 2-pointers for the win and the USD 30,000 cheque, their 5th in 2018.

His teammate Dusan Bulut topped all scorers with 45 points in 5 games.

In the individual contests, Stanislav Sharov (Gagarin, RUS) won the shoot-out while Poland star dunker Rafal ‘Lipek’ Lipinski ruled the dunk contest and earned USD 2,500 in prize money.


Novi Sad Al Wahda’s historic streak continues at FIBA 3×3 World Tour Debrecen Masters 2018

DEBRECEN (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) won their 4th Masters of the season in Debrecen, Hungary on August 30, 2018.

The number one team in the world extended its winning streak to 22 games in a row after defeating Riga (LAT) 21-10 in the final and became the first squad in 3×3 history to win 4 Masters in the same season.

Dusan Bulut won his 3rd MVP trophy of the season after scoring 11 points in the final alone and 44 points in 2 days, a season high for any player at the World Tour this year.

This is Novi Sad Al Wahda’s 14th World Tour Masters title. They took home the USD 30,000 cheque for the 4th time this year after their success in Saskatoon, Prague and Lausanne.

In the individual contests, Ivan Nedeljkovic (Kragujevac, SRB) won the shoot-out while Ukraine star dunker Vadim ‘Miller’ Poddubchenko dominated the dunk contest and cashed in USD 2,500 in prize money.


Novi Sad Al Wahda win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Lausanne Masters 2018, presented by VTX

LAUSANNE (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) won the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Lausanne Masters, presented by VTX for the second straight year on August 24-25, 2018.

The 2-time World Tour winners beat fellow Serbians Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) 21-20 in the final and won their 3rd Masters of the season… in 3 appearances. This is the 2nd time this season that the number 1 team in the world defeat the number 2 in a final, following the Saskatoon Masters.

Stefan Stojacic’s 2-pointer tied the game at 20 apiece and Liman Tesla Voda had a chance to win the USD 30,000 cheque. Aleksandar Ratkov missed the layup and on the next possession, Marko Savic played hero with a tough contested game-winner.

Tamas Ivosev (Novi Sad Al Wahda) was named MVP after scoring a second-best 32 points. Stefan Stojacic (Liman Tesla Voda) topped all scorers with 42 points.

Pro dunker Chris Staples (USA) won the dunk contest and cashed in USD 2,500 in prize money. This is Staples’ first appearance and win at a World Tour this season.

The 5th Masters of the season will be held in the Debrecen, Hungary on August 30-31.


Riga go back to back at Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest 3×3 Challenger

BUCHAREST (3×3 Challengers) – After one of the most spectacular games of the season, Riga (LAT) won for the second time in a row the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest 3×3 Challenger, edging out Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) by just one point, 21-20 in the final.

The tournament took place in ParkLake Shopping Center, a unique mall from District 3 of the Romanian capital city.

Nauris Miezis scored the final basket of a game filled with spectacular passes, two-point field goals and some amazing display of skills, hard work and determination from both teams. It was 3×3 basketball at his best between two of the best teams in the world right now.

The game was a roller-coaster, with Riga in the driving seat from the get-go. The Latvians had a flying start and led 7-2 after just 90 seconds. Novi Sad climbed back to just one possession 10-8 for Riga with 7 minutes to go.

Karlis Lasmanis and Miezis were on fire and Riga were leading 14-8 midway through the game. But then Dusan Bulut happened. He scored five points in a row, Tamas Ivosev add another bomb from long range and suddenly Novi Sad were up 16-15.

The final minutes were truly crazy, with both teams going at each other, trading baskets and playing with the hearts of an amazing crowd. In the end Miezis squeezed the ball into the basket on a tough reverse lay-up and Riga got the big credit card with 10,000 USD offered by Raiffeisen Bank and Mastercard.

It was the second time in 2 weeks that Riga defeated Novi Sad Al Wahda in the final of a challenger.

Surprisingly enough the number 1 team in the world still hasn’t won a single challenger this season (in 7 tries)… yet they’ve won the 2 World Tour Masters they’ve participated in. Riga on the other hand are now the team with the most challengers wins this season. After their success in Nanjing (China), Lipik (Croatia), Ventspils (in Latvia 2 weeks ago) and now Bucharest (Romania), they’ve now won 4 challengers this year.

With this win, Riga secured a ticket to the Debrecen Masters, which will take place on August 30-31. Since Novi Sad Al Wahda already had qualified (based on ranking), the team ranked 3rd in Bucharest (Team Belgrade (SRB)) will join the party in Hungary.

The 3 other teams who already have their pass for the Debrecen Masters are Humpolec Bernard (CZE) and Kranj (SLO) and last year’s winners Liman Tesla Voda (SRB).

After playing for three days in the side event organized together with the challenger, the kids got the chance to share the same stage as their idols during the award ceremony, receiving their prizes from the hands of the best players in the world.

The next Challenger is the Cedevita Ljubljana 3×3 Challenger and will be held in Slovenia on August 17-18.


Novi Sad Al Wahda win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Prague Masters 2018

PRAGUE (FIBA 3×3 World Tour) – Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) made history after winning the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Prague Masters in Czech Republic on August 4-5.

The Serbian squad defeated Gagarin (RUS) 21-12 in the final and became the first team in 3×3 history to go from the Qualifying Draw all the way to the title in a World Tour Masters.

Novi Sad Al Wahda superstar Dusan Bulut was named MVP after leading all scorers at the event, scoring 12 points in the final and dishing an insane spinning no-look behind the back pass, which was featured on ESPN SportsCenter, House of Highlights and all over the web.

This is Novi Sad Al Wahda’s 12th World Tour Masters title. They also took home the USD 30,000 cheque, their second of the season after winning the Saskatoon Masters 2 weeks ago.

Gagarin made quite an impression for their first-ever appearance on the World Tour. The young Russian team (22 years old on average) defeated 2 Top 10 teams in the world back to back to reach the final in Prague.

Polish pro dunker Piotr Grabowski dominated the dunk contest and cashed in USD 2,500 in prize money.

This was the first time the World Tour was played in the front of the iconic Prague Castle but the 6th edition of the Prague Masters overall. Novi Sad Al Wahda won it for the 4th time!

The 4th Masters of the season will be held in the Olympic capital Lausanne, Switzerland on August 24-25.