Latvia’s Riga won their first Masters of 2021 after defeating Serbia’s Ub 21-18 in the final of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Abu Dhabi Masters.
Last year’s World Tour winners took home their first Masters of the season playing with the same roster that won gold in the Olympic Games in Tokyo three months ago.
Riga got their revenge in a rematch of the Debrecen Masters and ended Ub’s incredible 14-game winning streak on the World Tour. It was literally a team effort as every player on the squad scored between 5 and 6 points in the title game.
Riga star Karlis Lasmanis was named MVP of the event after leading the scoring charts in Abu Dhabi, tied with Strahinja Stojacic, who brought Ub all the way to the final.
In the individual contests, David Carlos aka “Air David” of the Philippines took home the Filipino Times Dunk Contest while the number one 3×3 player in the World, Dejan Majstorovic (Ub, SRB) won the Wilson Shoot-out Contest.
The seventh and last FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters of the season will take place in Mexico City on November 6-7 before we head to Jeddah (KSA) for the World Tour Final on December 17-18.
ABU DHABI MASTERS STANDINGS: 1. Riga (LAT); 2. Ub (SRB); 3. Antwerp (BEL); 4. Liman (SRB); 5. Amsterdam Talent & Pro (NED); 6. Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy (MGL); 7. Gagarin (RUS); 8. Princeton (USA); 9. Jeddah (KSA); 10. San Juan PCI Group (PUR); 11. Manila Chooks TM (PHI); 12. Utrecht (NED); 13: Minakami (JPN); 14. Abu Dhabi (UAE)