Ljubljana win 2016 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final

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Team Ljubljana (SLO) won the 2016 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final after defeating Hamamatsu (JPN) (21-12) in the title game in Abu Dhabi on 27-28 October.

Ljubljana had a perfect 5-0 record in the state-of-the-art International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City.

Sharpshooter Jasmin Hercegovac was on fire in Abu Dhabi, scoring a whopping 50 points in just 5 games, including 17 shots from behind the arc.

The number five 3×3 player in the world had a game-high 11 points in the final. Tomo Cajic scored 5 while Ales Kunc added 4 and Blaz ‘Birdman’ Cresnar had 1.

Bikramjit Gill – the runner-up in the scoring charts – scored a team-high 6 points for Hamamatsu, who beat reigning champs Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE) in the semi-finals. Inderbir Gill contributed 3 points, while Amjyot Singh had 2 and Chihiro Ikeda 1.

Ljubljana are back on top of the 3×3 professional world after winning their last World Tour title back in 2013.

They qualified for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final after winning the Prague Masters on 6-7 August. Hamamatsu made it to the Final after winning the professional 3×3 Japanese league – the .EXE Premier League – , playing in two World Tour Masters and finishing 8th in the World Tour season standings

The fifth edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour featured an increased 7 Masters, starting on 16-17 July in Mexico City also stopping in Utsunomiya, Prague, Lausanne, Debrecen, Beijing and Mexico DF. The Final saw the winners of all Masters and the rest of the teams, which finished in the Top 12 in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour season standings.

Vadim ‘Miller’ Poddubchenko (UKR) wowed the crowd at the Etihad Dunk Contest with a series of powerful dunks, including a mean jam over 2 people and a motorbike.

Marcin Chudy (Gdansk, POL) nailed the last two ‘money balls’ to win the Mercedes Benz Shot-Out Contest Final.

Ljubljana took home the US $30,000 winning prize and an automatic berth for the FIBA 3×3 All Stars. The top six teams collected prize money, which reached US $300,000 in the entire 3×3 professional season in 2016.

Final Standings of the 2016 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Abu Dhabi Final:
1. Ljubljana (SLO)
2. Hamamatsu (JPN)
3. Caguas (PUR)
4. Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE)
5. Kranj (SLO)
6. Chicago (USA)
7. Piran (SLO)
8. Belgrade (SRB)
9. Sao Paulo DC (BRA)
10. Saskatoon (CAN)
11. Gdansk (POL)
12. St Petersburg (RUS)

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