The best players in the world, ready for FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final

CAM20533The FIBA 3×3 World Tour will reach its climax at the end of this week, when in Sendai, Japan, will take place the third FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final.

The best 12 teams in the world are ready to put up for a big show, after they fought hard all the season to gain their tickets to the big final.

Players from all over the world climbed the ladder of FIBA 3×3 Competition Network, from feeders and quests to challengers and World Tour Masters in order to achieve greatness on the biggest stage of them all, the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final.

With the reigning champions – Team Ljubljana, from Slovenia – already knocked out at the Lausanne Masters, last year’s runners-up Team Novi Sad look like the heavy favourites in Japan. After all, they dominated the Prague Masters and feature the number one 3×3 player in the world in the individual world ranking, Dusan Domovic Bulut.

The seeding of the teams is conducted automatically according to the 3×3 individual world ranking (of the three best players from each team), and the tournament will see some familiar faces of the World Tour.

Some of them are part of the historic Bucharest team, from Romania – the only squad to qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final in all three editions, and reached the quarter-finals in each of the previous finals, in Miami 2012 and Istanbul 2013.

Angel Santana and Catalin Vlaicu are the only players that took part in all three finals, and are the core members of a team that won the first ever 3×3 European Championships, held in Bucharest, in September.

One of the toughest pools will feature Team Kranj (Slovenia), Team Doha (Qatar) and Team Wukesong (Beijing. TeamKranj is back from last year’s Final when they beat Bucharest in the quarter-finals and lost in thrilling fashion against Novi Sad in the semi-finals. Team Doha owns several players who won the FIBA 3×3 World Championships for Qatar in Moscow, Russia on 5-8 June 2014 while Wukesong, the team that won the Beijing Masters earlier this year and is led by Chris Reaves, the top scorer at the FIBA 3×3 World Tour so far (51 points).

There is one team back from last year’s final in each pool as the former quarter-finalist from Saskatoon (CAN) highlight Pool D. The Chicago Masters winners will have to cope with a challenging pool with Trbovlje (SLO), who won the Lausanne Masters this season and made it to the first-ever FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final in 2012 as well (finishing fourth). The local favourites from Kobe (JPN) complete the pool.

Pool games will start at 12:20 local time (GMT+9) on Saturday, live on 3×3’s official YouTube channel. The top-two placed teams from each pool advance to a standard knock-out round which starts at the quarter-finals stage, from 12:45 (GMT+9) on Sunday.

All games will also be livestreamed on FIBA 3×3’s official YouTube channel.

Pool A: Novi Sad (1, SRB), Denver (8, USA), Santos (9, BRA)

Pool B: Bucharest (2, ROU), Sao Paulo (7, BRA), Manila West (10, PHI)

Pool C: Kranj (3, SLO), Doha (6, QAT), Wukesong (11, CHN)

Pool D: Trbovlje (4, SLO), Saskatoon (5, CAN), Kobe (12, JPN)

UAE climbed 34 positions in the FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking

IMG_3178UAE Basketball Association climbed 34 positions in the FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking and entered Top 100, after the two tournaments organized in cooperation with Sport Arena and Extra International Sport in Dubai, last month. 

Previously 130th in the world, the country is now positioned 96 in the world, with 31,940 points and has 120 ranked players in the FIBA 3×3 World Rankings. Both tournaments that contributed to this result were organized in Dubai, as side-events for the FIBA U17 World Championships, and featured a total of 43 teams.

There were the first popular FIBA endorsed events organized in UAE, a fact announced also on the official website of FIBA, in 3×3 basketball section.



Dubai 3×3 Basketball review

The winners of the Dubai 3×3 Basketball – Stage 2 had plenty of reasons to be happy at the end of a two day competition. 

They played at their best, they enjoyed a weekend full of basketball and they received their prizes, medals and trophies on the court, during the halftime of the bronze medal game of the FIBA U17 World Championships, between Serbia and Spain. The tournament had a total money prizes of 1.500 USD.


The award ceremony was presented by HE Abdulla Al Ansari, HE Mansour Al Hashimi and HE Khalid Al Hanaei, from the UAE Basketball Association, one of the main organizers of this 3×3 basketball competition, together with Dubai Sports Council and their partners Sport Arena and Extra International Sport.

And what can be bigger than to be honored on the same stage as your idols. Natasa Tasic for example, a former professional Serbian player that won the 3×3 women competition, being named the MVP also, received her trophy and then watched her favorite national team winning the bronze medals.


It was a special tournament, organized in an unusual place, at the main entrance of Hamdan Sports Complex, just a couple of meters from the state-of-the-art pools of this architectural beauty. The 3×3 basketball court was set up in less than four hours and it was the main stage for the second Dubai 3×3 Basketball tournament organized as a side event for the FIBA U17 World Championships.


And some of the skills that basketball players showed on the court had a lot in common with diving, the main sport in Hamdan Sport Complex. Leaving everything on the floor and diving for every ball was a big part of some very competitive games, while some of the players seemed that they really used some invisible trampolines to fly above the rim.


With many games ended in overtime, some spectacular crossovers, some fancy assists and some jaw-dropping dunks, all mixed up with the cheering of the fans and the entertaining playlist of DJ Mike, Dubai 3×3 Basketball – Stage 2, was a real joy for everybody.

Even for Al Ain club basketball players who were the special guests in the All Star Game, where they played against the best 3×3 basketball players of the tournament.


And quoting a famous movie dialog, this must be the beginning of a beautiful friendship between basketball lovers from UAE and 3×3 basketball, a discipline that is developing worldwide at full speed.

Plenty of action at Dubai 3×3 Basketball

The UAE Basketball Association and Dubai Sports Council, together with its partners, Pilipinas Premiere League and Event Management, International Sport Academy and Sport Arena, organized the first FIBA endorsed 3×3 basketball tournament in Dubai, as a side event of the FIBA U17 World Championship.

Play and have fun was the motto of the competition, and the players enjoyed the usual atmosphere of a 3×3 basketball event. The tournament featured three categories, under 14, under 18 and Open (plus 18) and it was plenty of action from the very beginning.

The players showcased their talents and everybody who was present in the tent placed near the Al Ahli Club Arena could enjoy some spectacular moments. Nice passes, well executed long range shots or slam-dunks were the main ingredients of a great afternoon.

The two day competition it’s only the first organized during the FIBA U17 World Championships. A second one will take place on 15th and 16th of August, at Hamdan Sports Center, where the eliminatory round of the World Championships will take place.

Both tournaments are FIBA endorsed and players will gain points in the FIBA 3×3 World Rankings, contributing also to the national ranking of UAE in the FIBA 3×3 competitions.

For more information about the competition visit the official website, and the official facebook page,

Team Serbija wins the Open category at Dubai 3×3

Team Serbija was the winner of the first Dubai 3×3 Basketball tournament, organized by UAE Basketball Association and the Dubai Sports Council, together with their partners, Pilipinas Premiere League and Event Managenent, International Sports Academy and Sport Arena.

Serbiaj beat teams AUD and Mean Machine on the way to the final, where they meet again with the AUD. After a cruising victory in the pool game, Serbija find it more difficult to overpass again their opponents in the championship game. Leading by e comfortable margin, Team Serbija was shaked by the opponents with some well executed three point shots, but after all managed to survive and won 16-13.

DUBAI 3×3 Basketball continues also on Friday, starting 09.00 AM, with the games for U18 and U14 categories. The competition is held next to Al Ahli Club Arena, in a air conditioned tent.

Dubai 3×3 Basketball is a FIBA endorsed event.

A fast growing sport discipline: 3×3 basketball

With over 250 million players worldwide and ranked among the most played recreational sports on the planet, 3×3 basketball is increasingly becoming a key motor for the development of basketball.

One of the biggest strengths of 3×3 is its simplicity both in terms of rules and in terms of required facilities, allowing it to be held in the most spectacular settings, using iconic landmarks as backdrops.

Beyond ensuring a sustained growth in the number of basketball players, FIBA has created a worldwide sports community through a network of hundreds of organisers, thousands of tournaments and millions of players. The online community interconnects all of these thanks to the latest digital technology.

Members of 3x3Planet can interact using their computers or mobile phones via the Mobile App that allows them to team-up and organise pick-up games with other players nearby, register for tournaments and record results of their games.

Points accumulated result in the main indicator of how good an individual player is the Ranking.

The more ballers play, the better their chances are of improving this indicator, increasing the number of games played on the courts and playgrounds everywhere, and absorbing an ever-growing number of members.

A global network of open tournaments, from grassroots to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, and National Team FIBA 3×3 World Championships are at the forefront of the development of 3×3 basketball, with the discipline already setting its sights on gaining Olympic status.