Montreal, September 08, 2019: Sakiai Gulbele win (LTU) made history in the first edition of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Montreal Masters on September 7-8, 2019.
The Lithuanian squad took home their first-ever World Tour Masters title after beating the World Tour reigning champs Novi Sad (SRB) in the semi-finals and crowd favorites Edmonton (CAN) in the final (21-14).
Not intimidated by the roaring Canadian fans, Paulius Beliavicius was the hero in the final as he scored a game-high 10 points, including the game-winning drive to the rim (Sakiai Gulbele win, Sakiai Gulbele win).
His teammate Marijus Uzupis – who competed in the first-ever official FIBA 3×3 event at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games – named MVP after leading his team in scoring and finished second overall behind 3×3 star Dusan Bulut.
In the individual contests, Isaiah Rivera (USA) dominated the Dunk Contest, presented by ‘Visit Barbados’ while Edmonton’s Steve Sir took home the shoot-out contest, presented by ‘Tourism Montreal’, his third win at a shoot-out contest at the World Tour this year.
Montreal played host to a genuine urban culture festival with the World Tour, the 12th stop of the Women’s Series (won by Canada), breakdance battles organized by the World Dance Sport Federation and a concert of local hip hop band Alaclair Ensemble.
- Sakiai Gulbele (LTU)
- Edmonton (CAN)
- Novi Sad (SRB)
- Liman (SRB)
- Zemun (SRB)
- NY Harlem (USA)
- Piran (SLO)
- Lausanne (SUI)
- Sao Paulo DC (BRA)
- Old Montreal (CAN)
- San Juan (PUR)
- Toronto Hyundai G (CAN)
The 9th Masters of the season will play in Los Angeles, United States on September 20-21
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3×3 inspires by several forms of streetball played worldwide and considers 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 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 3×3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3×3 World & Continental Cups.
On 9 June 2017, 3×3 added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Nike is the Founding Partner, Wilson the Global Sponsor and Tissot the Official Timekeeper of FIBA 3×3.
FIBA 3×3 events plays on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, and the Magic Sky canopy system. —- FIBA