Team Basket 3×3 Novi Sad, from Serbia, with three World Champions from Athens 2012 in the roster, won the second edition of the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger by Sport Arena Streetball.
The Serbians came from behind in the final with the Romanian team Salajean Hustlers and won in the end with 11-9. They received a 4000 USD prize and a spot in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Prague.
The Hustlers led by six points after five minutes of playing, but they couldn’t keep the pace. They missed a lot in the second half of the game, their defense collapsed and their only joy in the end was the 1000 USD prize and the second place in the tournament.
Another Romanian team, Fitness Club, led by Angel Santana, finished third, on the same place with Incotec St. Petersburg.
Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger gathered 16 teams from 10 countries and saw some of the best 3×3 basketball players from Europe.
The tournament held in the downtown of Bucharest, the Romanian Capital City, close to the Km. 0, was energized not only by the basketball games, but also by the Da Move Crew, the Italian freestyle group. Lorenzo Pinciroli, one of the best freestylers from Europe and his guys did their best to impress the crowd and they surely succeeded.
Freestyle, dunks, amazing dribbles, crowd involvement and more. For two days it was the University Square from Bucharest where amazing happened.
The show was completed by the best Romanian dunkers and the best of the best was Vlad Muscurel, who will also be part of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Dunk Contest from Prague.
One of the special guests of the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger was Virgil Stanescu, former Euroleague and Eurocup player, and former captain of the National Team, who handed the prizes at the award ceremony, together with Stefan Sandulache, director of the Bucharest Sports and Youth Direction and the legend of the Romanian women basketball, Svetlana Dragusin.