SASKATOON, July 17, 2017 - FIBA 3x3 World Tour reigning
champions Ljubljana (SLO) won the first Masters of the World Tour
season and clinched their ticket to the Bloomage Beijing Final after besting Team
Saskatoon (21-14) on their home turf in the title game on July 15-16.
two-time World Tour winners were undefeated in the 'Paris of the Prairies'
and in the final broke the heart of the spectators, who came in numbers to
support Team Saskatoon.
had a game-high 8 points in the title game, topped the scoring list
and was named MVP of the tournament. His teammate Jasmin Hercegovac also
contributed 8 points while Blaz 'Birdman' Cresnar added 3 and Ales Kunc scored
Saskatoon captain Michael Linklater netted a team-high 6 points in the losing
individual contests, Liman (SRB) star Stefan Stojacic dominated the Shoot-Out
Contest while Justin Darlington (CAN) delivered his signature cartwheel jam to
win the Dunk Contest.
Masters of the season will be staged in Utsunomiya, Japan on July 29-30 and
feature Ljubljana (SLO) and Liman (SRB) again besides the World's Number 1 team
Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE).
1. Ljubljana (SLO)
2. Saskatoon (CAN)
3. Gurabo (PUR)
4. Hamilton (CAN)
5. Liman (SRB)
6. NY Harlem (USA)
7. Princeton (USA)
8. Humpolec (CZE)
9. Hamamatsu (JPN)
10. Montreal (CAN)
11. Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
12. Winnipeg (CAN)