September 8, 2019
MONTREAL (Canada) – Sakiai Gulbele (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.
His teammate Marijus Uzupis – who competed in the first-ever official FIBA 3×3 event at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games – was 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.
1. Sakiai Gulbele (LTU)
2. Edmonton (CAN)
3. Novi Sad (SRB)
4. Liman (SRB)
5. Zemun (SRB)
6. NY Harlem (USA)
7. Piran (SLO)
8. Lausanne (SUI)
9. Sao Paulo DC (BRA)
10. Old Montreal (CAN)
11. San Juan (PUR)
12. Toronto Hyundai G (CAN)
The 9th Masters of the season will be played in Los Angeles, United States on September 20-21