Tuesday, November 28

Miami win FIBA 3×3 World Tour Cebu Masters 2023

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Fourth-seeded Miami (USA) achieved a remarkable victory in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Cebu Masters 2023. They secured their first World Tour title of the year by defeating Vienna (AUT), 22-19, in an electrifying final held on September 24 at SM Seaside City.

This triumph was especially significant for Miami, as they had previously been unable to reach a FIBA 3×3 World Tour final in their past attempts. However, in this tournament, they demonstrated their dominance by remaining undefeated on the opening day and continuing their winning streak throughout the knockout rounds on the second day. Their path to the final included a thrilling victory over their rivals, Ub Huishan NE, in the semi-finals.

In the championship match, they faced the third-seeded Vienna team, led by the dynamic duo of Quincy Diggs and Matthias Linortner.

Miami got off to a strong start, establishing a 4-1 lead early in the game, showcasing their exceptional teamwork and impressive shooting skills. However, Vienna, fueled by Linortner’s strong play, came roaring back to make it a nip-and-tuck affair.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, Jimmer Fredette, displayed his offensive prowess by sinking three two-pointers amidst tight defense in the final. His timely baskets helped Miami clinch the huge win.

In the crucial moments of the match, Fredette and the sharpshooter Canyon Barry proved to be the difference-makers for Miami. Their outstanding performances down the stretch secured the USA’s first 3×3 World Tour Masters title since 2019.

Fredette finished the final with 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 highlights, earning him the prestigious title of World Tour MVP.

In the individual contests, Ulaanbaatar Steve Sir won the Shoot-Out Contest presented by Chooks-to-Go, while Rafal “Lipek” Lipinski thrilled the Cebuano fans to claim the Chooks Dunk Contest crown.

1. Miami (USA)
2. Vienna (AUT)
3. Ub Huishan NE (SRB)
4. Amsterdam HiPRO (NED)
5. Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy (MGL)
6. Wuxi (CHN)
7. San Juan (PUR)
8. Manila Chooks (PHI)
9. Paris (FRA)
10. Lubao MCFASolver (PHI)
11. Sansar MMC Energy (MGL)
12. Futian (CHN)
13. Auckland (NZL)
14. Taichung Hong Jia (TPE)

After a short break, the FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2023 returns (October 6–7) in Amsterdam to celebrate the 100th Masters in World Tour history. 

Exciting, urban, and innovative, 3×3 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 professional circuit for men and women (World Tour and Women’s Series, respectively) and national-team competitions.3×3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Wilson is the Global Ball Partner. Wilson is also the Apparel Partner, Maurice Lacroix is the Official Timekeeper, and Chooks-to-Go the Global Partner of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2023.FIBA 3×3 events are played on Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, Bodet shot-clocks, and the Magic Sky canopy system.

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