Riga win first-ever FIBA 3x3 World Tour title at Jeddah Final 2020 on unbelievable Tissot Buzzer Beater
JEDDAH (Saudi Arabia) - Riga won the 9th edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after defeating Liman (SRB) in the championship game on December 19, 2020 on an unbelievable Tissot Buzzer Beater.
Just a month after beating Liman at the buzzer in the final of the Doha Masters, the Latvians did it again. With their back against the wall as Liman needed just one basket to win, the Jeddah Final MVP Nauris Miezis hit an incredible one-legged shot from well beyond the arc, good for the 60,000 USD winning cheque.
The 'Batman and Robin' of 3x3 shined in Jeddah as Karlis Lasmanis aka 'Batman' topped all scorers with 37 points.
Riga put an exclamation point on an amazing season, that saw them win 2 of the 4 Masters. After starting the season 9-3, they finished on a 10-game winning streak in Doha and Jeddah.
His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s Sports Minister, was in attendance during the Final, the first international sporting event in Saudi Arabia since the start of the pandemic.
3x3 enthusiasts worldwide were given a chance to attend the event as their videos were displayed on the giant screens during the prestigious two-day event.
In the individual contests, Piotr "Grabo" Grabowski (POL) won the Qualify of Life Dunk Contest while Stefan Kojic (Liman) won the SBF Shoot-out contest.
JEDDAH FINAL STANDINGS
1. Riga (LAT)
2. Liman (SRB)
3. Utena Uniclub (LTU)
4. Novi Sad (SRB)
5. Jeddah (KSA)
6. NY Harlem (USA)
7. Ub (SRB)
8. Amsterdam (NED)
9. Sakiai Gulbele (LTU)
10. Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy (MGL)
11. Piran (SLO)
12. Lausanne Katapult (SUI)
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 benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups.
On 9 June 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo Games.
Wilson is the Global Ball and Apparel Partner and Tissot the Official Timekeeper of FIBA 3x3.
FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, and the Magic Sky canopy system.