FIBA 3×3 headliner Amsterdam and Princeton heavyweights unite Utrecht Challenger
UTRECHT (Netherlands) – Some of the best 3×3 teams in the world will compete in the 3×3 Unites Utrecht Challenger on September 19-20, 2021.
It continues a feast of 3×3 action that begins with the Prague Masters on September 18-19 as the FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2021 reaches its climax.
Let’s take a look at the important information you need to know before the 3×3 Unites Utrecht Challenger.
Pool A: Amsterdam Tale & Pro (NED), Utrecht (NED), winner of qualifying draw B
Bool B: Princeton (United States), Bielefeld TSVE (GER), Podgorica Kodio (EMN)
Pool C: Piran (SLO), Raudondvaris Taure (LTU), Onil Bit2me (ESP)
Pool D: Lausanne sport (SUI), Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy (MGL), winner of qualifying draw A
The No.1 seed deserves the top spot and should be inspired to perform at his best in front of fans at home.
Amsterdam Talents & Pro won his first Masters title with a victory in Doha to start 2021 in style. And they proved it was no wonder with a second place in Montreal and a semi-final in Debrecen.
This team is full of scorers led by rookie of the season Maksim Kovacevic who rediscovered his best with an outstanding performance in Montreal.
Ditto for Arvin Slagter after the Dutch had to rely on walking bucket Dimeo van der Horst in Debrecen – luckily he’s not just “Dimes” and can score points.
It won’t just be a Dutch party in the land of orange with Princeton (USA) hoping to continue their solid Challenger form after winning at Cergy-Pontoise.
And they shrugged off a slow Masters start this season with a semi-final effort in Montreal before narrowly missing future Ub (SRB) champions. They beat Amsterdam in a big way in a Day 1 classic, although their hero Robbie Hummel is missing here.
The Americans have a pretty decent replacement, however, with 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup champion Canyon Barry – son of NBA great Rick Barry – a full-fledged star.
The number 3 seed Piran of course still deserves respect as World Tour Grandmasters. But these spectacular Slovenians have not lost a step with Simon Finzgar who continues to punk his opponents as if he was 21 years old.
And just include Lausanne sport here with the Swiss still so excited even if they have not yet won a pro event this season.
They had a tough time in 2021 but we just know that Gilles Martin is going to do something crazy that will get us back on board.
As we always know anything is possible in 3×3 so these dark horses should be taken very seriously.
No. 5 seed Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy Still enjoys a lot of support but hasn’t been seen much on the pro tour this season. They hope to get rid of the rust with everyone’s favorite underdog branded grain.
And here we are again Dulguun Enkhbat, whose hair is always perfect!
No. 8 Aachen seed Der Stamm Might come as a surprise to have already done this in an eye-catching race at the Lausanne Masters, where they beat Novi Sad, then fell to new sensation Antwerp in a classic in the OT quarter-final.
The Germans proved they have offensive firepower as they lead the tournament in ppg with 20.3. Expect them to be deadly in the Netherlands … especially if the rumor of a last minute addition is confirmed …
Still want a potential surprise package? So how about Raudondvaris Taure (LTU) with the Lithuanians who steal the show at Cergy Pontoise to finish second behind Princeton.
And keep an eye out for their main man, Paulius Semaska, who is a strong man and sure to do something crazy in Utrecht.
What’s at stake
The top 2 teams from Utrecht will qualify for the Abu Dhabi Masters on 29 and 30 October 2021 as part of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2021.
How to watch
The action starts on September 19 and you can follow it live on the FIBA 3×3 YouTube and Facebook pages.