PR N°42 - Vilnius triumphant at FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters
LAUSANNE (2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour) - Team Vilnius (LTU) won the 2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters after a thrilling final (17-13) against Trbovlje (SLO), who will join them at the World Tour Final in Abu Dhabi on 15-16 October.
Tournament MVP Ovidijus Varanauskas was unstoppable during the event and paced his team in the final with 7 points. The powerful Vitalij Luksa patrolled the paint with 5 points. Giedrius Marciukaitis added 3 points and Darius Tarvydas contributed 2 points, including a memorable dunk.
Trbovlje’s Gasper Ovnik connected three times behind the arc and scored 7 points in a losing effort. His team-mate, former number one 3x3 player in the world Simon Finzgar added 6.
The top scorer in a packed Place Centrale, in the heart of the Olympic capital, was showman Michael Hicks from Team Gdansk (POL). The US-born sharpshooter tallied a season-high 53 points in just 4 games. Hicks justified his ‘Money in the Bank’ nickname by winning the Head & Shoulders Shoot-Out Contest.
In the CityCable Dunk Contest, 3-time FIBA 3x3 World Tour dunk champion Rafal ‘Lipek’ Lipinski from Poland brought the house down after a series of jams that included a 360 between the legs and a dunk over the 1.96m Hicks and four cheerleaders.
Vilnius took home the US $10,000 winning prize while Trbovlje won US $4,000. Both teams qualified for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final, which is hosted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 15-16 October, where they join Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE), Manila North (PHI), Kranj (SLO), Kolobrzeg (POL), Doha (QAT) and Ljubljana (SLO).
Final Standings of the 2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters:
1. Vilnius (LTU)
2. Trbovlje (SLO)
3. Gdansk (POL)
4. Ljubljana (SLO)
5. Zemun (SRB)
6. Lausanne (SUI)
7. Domzale (SLO)
8. Malaga (ESP)
9. Tunis (TUN)
10. Utrecht (NED)
11. Bucharest (ROU)
12. Istanbul (TUR)
ABOUT FIBA 3x3
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 benefitted from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour (www.fiba.basketball/3x3worldtour) and national-team world championships.
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FIBA 3x3 events are played on Sport Court's floors with Schelde backstops and benefit from Wilson's innovative and specially-made ball for 3x3.