From being a “David” to a “Goliath”.
The Philippines’ Manila North posted what could be the biggest upset of the tournament after it defeated Team Doha (QAT) in front of a packed audience in the opening day of the 2015 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final in Abu Dhabi.
After dropping its first game versus Kranj, Calvin Abueva stepped on the pedal and poured seven points to take over the game at 16-14 much to the delight of the crowd made up mostly of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
The win sends the Qatari team packing while Manila North’s title hopes remain arrive as it advances to the quarterfinals in Pool D.
In other games, world number one 3×3 baller Dusan Domovic Bulut lived up to his reputation as he led all scorers with 20 points in Pool A.
His team, Novi Sad Al Wahda, listed back-to-back wins, while Team Rio unexpectedly landed in second place after winning over Vilnius (LTU) after Douglas Motta’s game-winning basket in the closing seconds of the match.
Ljubljana (SLO), the 2013 FIBA 3×3 World Tour titlists, topped Pool B after squeaking through Denver (USA).
Meanwhile, three teams are tied with one win apiece in Pool C, with Trbovlje (SLO) landing in first place based on total points scored and NY Harlem joining them in the quarterfinal round after listing a gritty 21-19 victory over Trbovlje (SLO) behind Edis Derdisevic’s on-court mastery.
The schedule for October 16th are as follows:
Kranj (SLO, 5) – Rio (BRA, 8)
Trbovlje (SLO, 3) – Denver (USA, 10)
Ljubljana (SLO, 2) – NY Harlem (USA, 11)
Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE, 1) – Manila North (PHI, 12)
Games will be streamed live on FIBA 3×3’s official YouTube channel.
In the side event, the high-flying Piotr Renkiel slammed his way to Dunk Contest final and will go head-to-head against two other renowned dunkers in Jordan “Mission Impossib;e” Kilganon (Canada) and Rafal “Lipek” Lipinski (Poland).
More details on the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final here.