Team Novi Sad dominated Doha 20-12 in Friday’s final of the FIBA 3×3 All Stars, which was staged on Katara Beach with the city skyline on the horizon.
Marko Savic topped all scorers in the deciding game, with 8 points, including three shots from behind the arc. His team-mates Dejan Majstorovic and number one 3×3 player in the world Dusan Domovic Bulut contributed 7 and 5 points respectively.
Mohammed ‘Big Mo’ Seleem Abdulla scored 5 points in a losing effort for Doha.
FIBA President Horacio Muratore and Qatar Basketball Federation President H.E. Sheikh Saoud Al-Thani handed out the winning cheque to Team Novi Sad.
The FIBA 3×3 All Stars brings together all the number ones in the 3×3 Individual World Ranking from all around the world.
The number one player in Europe, the Americas, the host country (Qatar), and the rest of the world, together with the number one U18 team in the world and the winners of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour were brought together for the second edition of the FIBA 3×3 All Stars, which had an overall prize money of $120,000 USD.
The title game was a re-match of the final of the 2014 FIBA 3×3 World Championships, where Team Doha – representing Qatar – had upset Team Novi Sad – representing Serbia – by the score of 18-13 for the country’s first-ever world title in any team sport in Moscow, Russia on 8 June 2014.
Friday’s triumph marked the end of a successful year for Team Novi Sad, who also won the FIBA 3×3 World Tour in Tokyo/Sendai, Japan on 11-12 October 2014.
Team Kaunas U18 – featuring four players all aged 18 and who won gold in 3×3 basketball at the2014 Youth Olympics representing Lithuania – took an impressive third place after beating FIBA 3×3 World Tour runners-up Saskatoon and semi-finalists Bucharest.
In the individual competitions, three-time FIBA 3×3 World Tour dunk champion Rafal ‘Lipek’ Lipinski won the much-anticipated QBF Dunk Contest, which also saw Jordan ‘Mission Impossible’ Kilganon complete the viral ‘scorpion’ dunk (over 2 million views on YouTube) for the first time in an official competition. Team Yokohama’s Kohei Kawakami showed great range to win the QBF Shoot-Out Contest.
Final Standings of the 2014 FIBA 3×3 All Stars
1. Novi Sad (SRB)
2. Doha (QAT)
3. Kaunas U18 (LTU)
4. Bucharest (ROU)
5. Yokohama (JPN)
6. Saskatoon (CAN)