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FIBA 3×3 World Tour Preview: UAE, Lithuania, Slovenia

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The FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final takes place in Abu Dhabi on October 15-16. Here is Part 2 of the teams’ previews:

NOVI SAD AL WAHDA (UAE)
Seed: #1
Qualified: Manila Masters World Tour Final appearances: 2013 (runners-up), 2014
(winners)
Roster
– Dusan Domovic Bulut aka ‘Mr Bullutproof’ (SRB): 29 years old; 1.91m; World Rank: 1
– Dejan ‘The Maestro’ Majstorovic (SRB): 27 years old; 2.00m; World Rank: 2
– Marko Savic (SRB): 28 years old; 1.97m; World Rank: 3
– Marko ‘Sub Zero’ Zdero (SRB): 30 years old, 1.90m; World Rank: 4

Notes
– Won every FIBA 3×3 World competitions (2012 FIBA 3×3 World Championships representing Serbia, 2014 FIBA 3×3 World Tour, 2014 FIBA 3×3 All Stars).
– Only Novi Sad Al Wahda players (Bulut and Majstorovic) have reached first place in the FIBA 3×3 Individual World Ranking since June 2014.
– Bulut, Savic and Zdero are friends since they were children growing up in the same neighborhood.
– Became the first-ever team to win 2 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters during the same season (Manila and Rio de Janeiro 2015).

 
VILNIUS (Lithuania)
Seed: #9
Qualified: 1st place in the Lausanne Masters.
Previous World Tour Final appearances: None
Roster
– Ovidijus Varanauskas (LTU): 24 years old; 1.86m; World Rank: 59
– Darius Tarvydas (LTU): 24 years old; 2.00m; World Rank: 73
– Vitalij Luksa (LTU): 29 years old; 2.05m; World Rank: 70
– Giedrius Marciukaitis (LTU): 24 years old; 1.95m; World Rank: 136

Notes
– Only undefeated team at the World Tour this season (5-0).
– Varanauskas was named MVP of the Lausanne Masters.
– The exact same team represented Lithuania at the 2014 FIBA 3×3 World Championships (4th), 2014 FIBA 3×3 European Championships (3rd) and 2015 European Games (8th).
– Youngest team of the tournament (25 years old, tied with Kolobrzeg (POL).

 

TRBOVLJE (Slovenia)
Seed: #3
Qualified: 2nd place at the Lausanne Masters.
Previous World Tour Final appearances: 4th in 2012, 6th in 2014
Roster
– Anze Srebovt (SLO): 23 years old; 1.98m; World Rank: 11
– Gasper Ovnik (SLO): 33 years old; 1.89m; World Rank: 9
– Simon Finzgar aka “The Sphinx” (SLO): 35 years old; 1.95m; World Rank 10
– Adin Kavgic (SLO): 28 years old; 1.97m; World Rank: 11

Notes
– Finzgar is a former number one 3×3 player in the world.
– Ovnik ranks 5th in scoring at the World Tour so far this season (60 pts in 2 Masters).
– Simon Finzgar and Adin Kavgic are part of an exclusive group of 12 players who have played in all 4 editions of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour.

 

(Via www.fiba.com)

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