Bucharest, Romania – Team Riga from Latvia prevailed on August 13th and prevailed over Serbia’s Novi Sad Al Wahda 21-20 in the final of the Bucharest FIBA 3×3 Challenger. It was an impressive win, considering that Novi Sad Al Wahda is ranked as the top team in the world at the moment. This allowed them to punch their ticket to the Debrecen Masters which will take place at the end of the month. They join Humpolec Bernard (CZE) and Kranj (SLO) and last year’s winners Liman Tesla Voda (SRB) and of course, Novi Sad Al Wahda.
It was an epic game. Both teams went at it and exchanged baskets in the tightly contested crucial game. Riga set the tone with an early 7-2 lead, but Novi Sad Al Wahda narrowed the margin in quick fashion. The final minutes were frenetic. As both teams hustled for every possession. Nauris Miezis sealed the win with the final basket.
The next Challenger will take place in Cedevita, Croatia on August 17-18.