Reigning World Tour champs Riga of Latvia are peaking at the right time. Just one week after Abu Dhabi, they have won their second consecutive FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters in Mexico City.
The four Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalists won the eighth Masters of their career after defeating San Juan PCI Group of Puerto Rico 21-15 in the final, well before the 10-minute limit in what was the fifth fastest game of the entire World Tour season.
The number two 3×3 player in the world Nauris Miezis scored his team’s first 6 points and had a game-high 8 points in the final. He was the joint top scorer of the Masters, tied with his teammate Karlis Lasmanis, who ranked first in player value and was named MVP of the event.
For his return to the World Tour, Luis ‘Pela Coco’ Hernandez had a convincing showing in Mexico. The muscular San Juan star had a 6-point, 9-rebound double-five in the final and finished third overall in player value (after Lasmanis and Miezis) on the entire event.
Both teams had already qualified to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Jeddah Final before the event. Russia’s Gagarin and Switzerland’s Lausanne Sport finished third and fifth in Mexico respectively to stamp the last two tickets.
In total, twelve teams will compete in the final, which will take place on December 17-18: Riga (LAT), Ub (SRB), Liman (SRB), Amsterdam Talent&Pro (NED), Antwerp (BEL), San Juan PCI Group (PUR), Jeddah (KSA), Sakiai Gulbele (LTU), Gagarin (RUS), Princeton (USA), Graz (AUT) and Lausanne Sport (SUI).
In the individual contests, Brandon Ruffin won the dunk contest while Puerto Rican sharpshooter TJ Fernandez dominated the Wilson shoot-out contest.
MEXICO CITY MASTERS STANDINGS: 1. Riga (LAT); 2. San Juan PCI Group (PUR); 3. Gagarin (RUS); 4. Jeddah (KSA); 5. Lausanne Sport (SUI); 6. Sakiai Gulbele (LTU); 7. Liman (SRB); 8. Runa (RUS); 9. Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy (MGL); 10. Utrecht (NED); 11. Omaha 3Ball (USA); 12. Mexico City (MEX); 13. Acapulco (MEX); 14. Mayaguez (PUR); 15. Omaha South 3Ball (USA); 16. Rio Preto (BRA)