The last two winners of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, Novi Sad Al Wahda and Zemun had very little to worry about in the first day of the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger.
Both advanced in the Quarter Finals with two wins in the pool phase, both scoring 42 points in two games. But if Novi Sad had some easy breezy wins against the local teams from Bucharest, Zemun had to overpower Tokyo and Venice ItalBasket after some hot games 22-18 with the Japanese team and 20-19 with the Italian team.
Tokyo and Bucharest Get’Em, the Romanian national team accompanied the Serbian teams in the quarter finals.
Sao Paolo upset Riga in the final game of Pool C and squeezed into the QF after a 21-20 win, edging Split by scored points for the second place of the pool. Split won at the buzzer against Sao Paolo, but scored only 12 points in the defeat against Riga that cost them the qualification.
In Pool D, Belgrade finished with two wins, while Gdansk Energa 3×3 beat Lausanne 20-18 to get the second place and a chance to play also on Sunday.
In the 3×3 Women Master, Paris Squad, Rome and Stiinta Bucharest managed to stay undefeated after day 1. Paris Squad and Rome will battle tomorrow for the first place in Pool A, while Agro Squad Bucharest and Athens Athlos have no chance to advance into the semifinals.
In Pool B, Stiinta Bucharest is already qualified in the semifinals, while Fujisawa Suns, Budapest and even Prague still have a chance to advance.
Full results and standings of the men’s tournament here: http://3la3.ro/ro/bucharest-challenger
Full results and standings of the women’s competitions here: http://3la3.ro/ro/bucharest-challenger-women-master