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.


Liman Tesla Voda win their 3rd FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters of the season in Penang

PENANG (FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018) – Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) won their 3rd Masters of the year after defeating Piran (SLO) 21-15 in the final of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Penang Masters on October 13-14, 2018.

Stefan Stojacic aka ‘Mister Robot’ cracked the code in the championship game. The tournament MVP led all scorers in Malaysia and had a game-high 13 points in the final, including the game-winner from way outside. A minute of silence was observed before the game and all 8 players wore a black ribbon in tribute to FIBA Secretary General and IOC Member Patrick Baumann, who passed away during the night.

Liman Tesla Voda ended the Masters season as the number one team in the World Tour standings with 8 appearances and 3 titles (Utsunomiya, Chengdu and Penang).

Ten teams had already secured their ticket to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final before Penang: Liman Tesla Voda (SRB), Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) – who won 5 titles in just 5 appearances, Ljubljana (SLO) – who were the only other team to win a Masters, Riga Ghetto (LAT), Amsterdam Inoxdeals (NED), Piran (SLO), Zemun (SRB), Humpolec Bernard (CZE), Saskatoon (CAN) and Princeton (USA).

Gagarin (RUS) and Delhi 3BL (IND) – 5th in Penang – finished 11th and 12th in the World Tour standings after 9 Masters and therefore won the last 2 tickets to China.

The FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final will take place in the Chinese capital on October 27-28, 2018.

In the individual contests of the Penang Masters, ‘Disco Domo’ Jones (NY Harlem 3BALL USA (USA) dominated the shoot-out and 2-time FIBA 3×3 Dunk World Champion Dmitry ‘Smoove’ Krivenko (Ukraine) won the dunk contest and earned USD 2,500 in prize money.


Penang Challenger preview: Can World Tour winners Zemun win their first title of the season?

PENANG (3×3 Challenger) – The reigning FIBA 3×3 World Tour winners, Zemun (SRB), are looking to win their first title of the season at the Penang Challenger in Malaysia on May 5-6, 2018.

Zemun, who are missing the MVP of the 2017 Final Bogdan Dragovic due to injury, get a second chance this year after falling in the final of the Goyang Challenger against Saskatoon one month ago.

They have already clinched their ticket to 4 Masters this season: Kuala Lumpur, Lausanne, Saskatoon and Utsunomiya.

Penang will be one of the most competitive challengers of the season with 4 Top 10 teams, which all reached the World Tour Final last year: Zemun (SRB, 3rd), Piran (SLO, 4th), 2-time FIBA 3×3 World Tour winners Ljubljana (SLO, 5th) and Gdansk Energa (POL, 10th). Add to that 2 more Top 20 teams in Split Statist (CRO, 15th) and Yokohama City (JPN, 19th). In total, 16 teams from 10 different countries will compete in Malaysia.

Team Jakarta, from Indonesia, will make a much-awaited return to the professional circuit, after reaching the World Tour Final in 2013 (10th) and 2014 (7th). Their last appearance at the World Tour was at the Beijing Masters 2015 (12th).

The two best teams from the Penang Challenger get a chance to qualify for the World Tour Masters in India. They will also compete for 20,000 USD in prize money.

Three teams have already qualified for the India Masters: Novi Sad (SRB) and Belgrade (SRB) based on ranking and Ponce (PUR) after winning the BSN N3XT 3×3 League in Puerto Rico.

The event will be livestreamed on FIBA 3×3’s official YouTube Channel.