Tokyo in Olympic mode at 3x3 .EXE Premier League final
TOKYO (3x3) - 25,000 fans attended the final of the Japanese 3x3 professional league - the 3x3 .EXE Premier League - in the iconic Roppongi Hills on September 10 2017, just 3 years before 3x3 makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo.
On its 4th edition, the league got even bigger with a record 18 teams - including several foreign players - divided in 3 conferences with 8 rounds and a final.
In the final, Team Tokyo (known as DIME.EXE in the league) beat the reigning champions Team Hamamatsu (known as AGLEYMINA.EXE in the league) 18-14.
The crafty Keita Suzuki was named MVP of the final and proved he was the best 3x3 player in Japan. He already led Tokyo to the 'chip at the JBA 3x3 Japanese Championships on March 24.
Stunningly, Tokyo were the only team in the final to feature 4 Japanese players, showing that not only Japanese fans but also Japanese players were ready for the 3x3 event at Tokyo 2020.
Since Team Tokyo had already secured a spot to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Chengdu Masters back in March, runner-ups Hamamatsu will join them in China.
This means Hamamatsu will get 2 chances to climb up the World Tour standings (in Chengdu and Mexico City) and possibly make their return to the World Tour Final, one year after upsetting the reigning champs Novi Sad Al Wahda and finishing 2nd overall in Abu Dhabi.