Romania and Russia, the first ever 3×3 European Champions

The center court flooded with people right after the final buzzer of the 3×3 European Championships Men’s Final as Romania had just written history in conquering the first ever title in the competition with a 19-16 win over Slovenia. More than 1,000 fans around the center court and many more outside at the giant TV screen watched as the atmosphere reached its peak in a tremendously intense and close final game. With technical fouls being handed out to both teams, it was a put-back by Bogdan Popescu that gave the hosts the decisive lead, 17-16 in the…

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Romania and Russia, the first ever 3×3 basketball European Champions

Romania’s men and Russia’s women were crowned inaugural 3×3 basketball European champions as both sides recorded victories over Slovenia in the finals at University Square in Bucharest. In the men’s competition, the hosts delighted the more than 1,000 fans in attendance by squeezing past their determined opponents 19-16 in the decider. Both sides traded baskets throughout, but as the clocked ticked down Bogdan Popescu stepped up to be the local hero as he landed a crucial basket to give Romania a decisive lead which they managed to hold on to.…

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Palo Peak, from Spain, winner of Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger 2014

The Spanish team Palo Peak won the third edition of the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger, played in the Romanian capital, between 26 and 27 of July. The Spanish players received a 4000 USD money prize and they qualified for FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters in Prague. After two tough games in the quarter finals and semifinals, not even them could believe that the final would be the easiest game. But the  long range shots hit their target and everything became easy against Team Tricolorii, the Romanian National Team in fact,…

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The third edition of Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger is ready to go

For the third consecutive year, Bucharest will host the strongest 3×3 basketball tournament from South-East of Europe, Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger. During two days, 26-27 of July, 12 of the best European teams, together with the best four local teams will battle for a place in FIBA 3×3 World Tour a total money prize of 5000 USD. The winner will get 4000 USD and will qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Prague Masters, while the second place will receive 1000 USD. Teams from Albania, Andorra, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia,…

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The show is in Bucharest: Third edition of Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger

Some of the best 3×3 basketball teams from Europe will battle for a place in FIBA 3×3 World Tour Prague during the third edition of Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger, a competition organized by Sport Arena, 26-27 July, in one of the most iconic places in Bucharest, the University Square.   The FIBA 3×3 Competition Network is growing and more and more tournaments with a satellite status will send their winners to Bucharest Challenger, the next step in their road to the world stage. Satellites from Kosovo, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Georgia…

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FIBA.com: Sport Arena Streetball offers first test for Romanian National Teams

Both men and women’s Romanian national teams showed they will be a force to be reckoned with in Moscow at the upcoming FIBA 3×3 World Championships on 5-8 June, after winning the first stage of the Sport Arena Streetball quest on 16-18 May. 157 teams gathered in Bucharest, the Mecca of 3×3, to kick off the 10-year anniversary season of the Sport Arena Streetball Quest. The event featured a lot of familiar faces as a generation of players has grown up with the event and gone from the U14, to…

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New rules for 3×3, tested in Bucharest for the first time

Called “Mecca of 3×3 basketball” by Sports Illustrated, Bucharest was the host, last weekend, of the first tournament played by the new rules of the game announced by FIBA a few days ago. Featuring some of the best Romanian players, including World Tour and 3×3 EuroTour stars Angel Santana, Catalin Bordei and Alin Spahiu, the Raiffeisen Streetball by Sport Arena was included in a urban sports festival called Street Heroes and had a massive success. Over 4000 people packed an old hangar of a dismantled airplane motor factory during the one…

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Basket 3×3 Novi Sad, champions at Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger

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…

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Sky was the limit for the 3×3 EuroTour Wizz Air Sport Arena Streetball

The biggest 3×3 tournament in the history of Romanian basketball, 3×3 EuroTour Wizz Air Sport Arena Streetball, gathered last weekend more than 10.000 people, players and spectators, in front of the largest civilian building in the world, The Palace of Parliament from Bucharest. A lot of public personalities support 3×3 basketball during campaign “From the streets to the Olympics”. “From the streets, to the Olympics”, a message for all the 3×3 basketball fans who are dreaming to reach the highest stage in sports. A great movie regarding this campaign can…

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IOC official to observe Wizz Air Sport Arena Streetball

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Programme Commission member Walter Sieber has been confirmed to attend an International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Europe 3×3 EuroTour event in Bucharest next month ahead of the discipline’s Rio 2016 inclusion review. Sieber (pictured left), a Vancouver 2010 Board member and former Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) vice-president, will attend the World Tour qualifier as part of the IOC’s observers programme – which was first put in place ahead of the Sochi 2014 programme review – to examine disciplines and events for the Rio 2016 Olympic sports programme. The…

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