Mukubu Bosses Belgium: they bring an U18 World Champion to Bucharest

Belgium competes for the second time at the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup, lining up at the start as an outsider capable of overturning hierarchies, given their unlikely victory at the U18 World Championship last year. Belgian players make sporadic appearances on the 3×3 tour and only one athlete scores in the Top 200 Individual World Ranking, but at the U23 level. In a team where experience rules, the team leader is veteran Wen Boss Mukubu, a Belgian player of Congolese origin, who played a decisive part in his national team’s…

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Sport Arena Streetball Tour 2018, the 3×3 basketball marathon from June to September

Oradea will host the Tour Final on August 18-19.

After the official opening of the season, that took place in May at Nike 3×3 Challenge, the 3×3 Romanian national tour organized by Sport Arena Streetball will go on as a running fire starting this weekend to late September. With 15 popular tournaments and three major international competitions, this will be one of the busiest summers in the history of Sport Arena Streetball, a competition that entered its 14th season. The caravan of the new Olympic discipline will start the Romanian expedition in Galati, this weekend, June 2-3, in the…

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Ready to play! Nike 3×3 Challenge inaugurates this season of Sport Arena Streetball, in ParkLake Shopping Center.

The second edition of Nike 3×3 Challenge will represent again, as in 2017, the official debut of the Romanian 3×3 basketball season, by being the first tournament of the national tour of Sport Arena Streetball. The event will take place between 11 and 13 may, in ParkLake Shopping Center. 2018 will represent the first complete season since the 3×3 basketball was included in the Olympic Games program, where it will be starting with the 2020 edition. After the success of the inaugural edition, Nike 3×3 Challenge returns in Park Lake,…

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3×3 basketball is back home: Romania will host for the third time FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup and for the first time a qualifier

The fourth edition of the FIBA 3×3 Europe Cup will be staged in Bucharest, Romania on September 14-16, 2018. The Romanian capital will play host to the most important 3×3 national team competition in Europe for a record third time in four editions, cementing its legacy as one of the capitals of 3×3. Romania shined in previous editions: men won gold in 2014 while women struck silver in 2016. The event will be hosted by the Romanian Basketball Federation and organized by Sport Arena. The exact venue will be announced at a later…

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Radu Petrescu is the best junior in the world at 3×3 basketball

The 3×3 Basketball World Rankings published earlier this year by the International Basketball Federation reveal Radu Petrescu as the top ranked junior at the age of 18. The third place is sealed by another Romanian player, Victor Bogdan, a teammate of Petrescu in Romania’s U18 national team which ranked 8th at the World Championship and 9th at the European Championship, back in 2017. Radu, who plays for Ştiinţa Bucureşti in the 2nd tier 5×5 basketball league, managed to win three tournaments on the national tour powered by Sport Arena Streetball…

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Busy year for the Romanian leading 3×3 promoter, Sport Arena Streetball

2017 will remain a landmark year in 3×3 basketball history, after the International Olympic Committee decided in June to include this discipline on the Olympic Games’ roster, starting with Tokyo 2020. With a record of 15 events organized in one year in Romania, Sport Arena Streetball, member of the FIBA 3×3 Advisory Board, continues to make a contribution to the development of this discipline, both at national and international level. 3×3 basketball began its journey to the Olympic Games in Bucharest, back in 2013, when Sport Arena Streetball organized the…

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With man down since the group stage, Riga Ghetto Basket scores a 3-men win at Bucharest Challenger and secures maiden World Tour Masters appearance

“We won the Bucharest Challenger and qualified for the Masters in Luasanne. We’re all in pain, but that’s what happened here. It’s a huge joy, you’ve seen the celebration. We also had chance on our side, it was fantastic” an ecstatic Agnis Cavars revealed, just seconds after the icon University Square in Bucharest witnessed four Latvians unleash. They screamed their hearts out, jumped like crazy and then collapsed on court, as if they were about to draw their pairs of wings, just like children do in the snow. Riga Ghetto…

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Romania’s Big 3. Bucharest Legends take on the world’s 3×3 giants

Those are players who have carried Romanian basketball on their shoulders for the last two decades, at the highest level, whether they were playing for the national team or at club level. Virgil Stănescu is the most iconic Romanian basketball player since 1989, having put together good seasons in the most powerful European championships and served as captain for the national team for almost two decades. Paul Helcioiu, winner of the FIBA Eurochallenge Cup back in 2005 with Asesoft Ploiești, was also a key-player for Romania’s national team. Mihai Paul…

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Sent by the Gods of Athens: Don Poly makes its Challenger debut in Bucharest

Greece sends a team to Bucharest Challenger for the first time. From the City of Gods right to “Kilometer Zero” of the Romanian Capital, here come three Greeks and one Serbian guy! Petros Melissaratos, Nikos Tsiokos and Thanasis Chanias-Pantazis, ranked 5th, 6th and 7th among Greek 3×3 players, competed all four tournaments in 2017 alongside Serbia’s Alexander Stevovic, who’s got a 5×5 pro basketball contract in Greece. Don Poly arrives in Bucharest after a first World Tour appearance in Prague (12th place) and three podium finishes in as many tournaments…

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The boys from Piter set to bring their opponents bitter days at Bucharest Challenger

At first glance, BM-18 appers to be a team put together in a hurry. Igor Medyntcev and Shalva Shatashvili are the two players constantly enrolled in 2017 tournaments as part of the team, but they as well have migrated to other quartets. Nikolai Shangychev is, without doubt, the most important transfer, while Alex Abrikosov will play for the first time under this name. It is from this difficult to manage situation that Abrikosov, who in the past has brought one of Russia’s two 3rd place finishes at Bucharest Challenger, will…

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