The 11th season of the popular Romanian 3×3 basketball Quest, Sport Arena Streetball, came to an end last Sunday in dramatic fashion.
Outsiders from “We Got Game” won the Open Men category and booked their tickets to Lausanne FIBA 3×3 World Tour after their overtime win against “Old School”. Victor Constantin, brother of Andrei Constantin, who played for Team Bucharest in the first FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final in Miami, was the unlikely hero, scoring the game winning two pointer in overtime.
“Old School”, featuring Vasile Stefan, who reached last year’s World Tour Final with Team Bucharest, came out empty in the closing moments of the final. It was a huge disappointment for the team that eliminated in the semifinals the big favorites from Make-A-Wish, starring FIBA 3×3 World Tour stars Angel Santana and Catalin Vlaicu and former Romanian internationals Virgil Stanescu and Claudiu Fometescu.
The women competition was a two team business, Social Butterflies, actually the Romanian National Team and HunWomen, the Hungarian National Team, dominating the competition. They met in the final act, with the Romanians prevailing after an impressive performance from Gabriela Marginean, who scored 11 of their team 21 points.
The Hungarian National Team men was also taking part in the last Sport Arena Streetball tournament, being eliminated in the quarter finals.
It was the last weekend with 3×3 basketball games on the traditional courts from University Politehnica Bucharest, and more than 2000 people, together with 800 registered players came by to be part of this true basketball festival.
Next, in Bucharest, is the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger, on August 15-16, also a qualifier for Lausanne FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters. The reigning champs, Team Malaga, will return to the Romanian capital, hoping to book another ticket to the World Tour. They will face a tough competition, with Team Ogniezaschita, recent winner of the Moscow Open and Sao Paolo, former World Tour participants last year, among the teams that will battle in the historical University Square.