Saskatoon win 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters
LAUSANNE (2016 FIBA 3x3 World Tour) - After falling just short at the Mexico City (3rd) and Prague Masters (2nd) earlier this season, Team Saskatoon (CAN) won the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters - the fourth of seven Masters - after an intense 17-14 success against Paris (FRA) in the final on 26-27 August 2016.
Saskatoon are the fourth team to qualify to the World Tour Final in Abu Dhabi on 27-28 October, after Caguas (PUR), Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE) and Ljubljana (SLO).
The shortest player in the tournament (1.78m) Michael Linklater caught fire in the final game with a game-high 9 points, which helped him seal the MVP trophy. Lausanne Masters top scorer Nolan Brudehl added 5. Michael Lieffers and Willie Murdaugh contributed 2 and 1 respectively.
Maxime Courby led Paris in scoring with 5 points, including a mean dunk in the losing effort.
Saskatoon had a perfect 5-0 record in the heart of the Olympic capital and got the massive crowd to its feet.
US pro dunker Douglas Anderson also became a fan favourite after dominating the Citycable Dunk Contest.
Though Team Lausanne lost in the quarter-finals, local fans had reasons to rejoice when the Swiss 3x3 national team narrowly edged out France in an exhibition game and when 22-year-old Marco Lehmann (Lausanne) won the Shoot-Out Contest.
The fifth Masters of the season will be staged in Debrecen, Hungary on 7-8 September 2016.
Final Standings of the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters:
1. Saskatoon (CAN)
2. Paris (FRA)
3. Kranj (SLO)
4. Liman (SRB)
5. Lausanne (SUI)
6. Gdansk (POL)
7. Zemun (SRB)
8. Pavia (ITA)
9. Obrenovac (SRB)
10. Maribor (SLO)
11. Valladolid (ESP)
12. Manisa (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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