NOVI Sad Al Wahda (UAE) clinched their third consecutive FIBA 3x3 All Stars title, beating Slovenia’s Ljubljana 21-12 in the final at the Al Gharafa Indoor Hall last week.
The competition brought together the best players in FIBA 3x3 individual world rankings.
Al Wahda, who received a cheque for $20,000 from FIBA Vice-President Hamane Niang and Qatar Basketball Federation chief Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahaman Al Thani, won all three knockout games with a 10-point margin on an average.
FIBA 3x3 2016 World Tour winners Ljubljana fell short despite shooting ace Jasmin Hercegovac leading the score sheet with 23 points.
World’s No.1 3x3 player Dusan Domovic Bulut bagged the MVP honours after nailing the game winner and finishing second overall in scoring, tied with team-mate Dejan Majstorovic on 21 points.
Majstorovic also extended his team’s domination to the shoot-out contest, netting 14 points.
Meanwhile, Doha lost to the eventual winners 8-21 in the semifinal, with Bulut scoring a whopping 14 points as the hosts’ Ngombo Tanguy, Erfan Ali Saeed and Adamu Saaka found it hard to stop his bursts towards the circle or shots from the far court.