IN PICS: Emotional Ljubljana seal 3x3 world title

Sport360 staff 29/10/2016
It was their first title since 2013.

The Slovenian squad, led by Jasmin Hercegovac's 11 points, defeated Hamamatsu of Japan 21-12 to get back to the FIBA 3x3 summit since winning the crown in 2013.

And not only were we on hand to report on the drama, but also with a snapper to bring you some of the best images from the event.

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Jay Asser 29/10/2016
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Long-range sniper: Jasmin Hercegovac nails a shot. Picture: Jan Peter.

In what felt like a blink of an eye, Jasmin Hercegovac splashed back-to-back shots from beyond the arc to return Ljubljana to the top of the FIBA 3×3 world on Friday night.

The sharpshooter scored 11 points to lead the Slovenians past Hamamatsu of Japan 21-12 in the title game of the World Tour Final at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.

After falling short the past two years, Ljubljana finally tasted glory again following their first crown in Istanbul, Turkey in 2013.

“To be honest, I’m probably going to feel it in a few days what we achieved. Right now, my pulse is higher than usual and it feels great,” Hercegovac, the No5 ranked 3×3 player in the world, told Sport360.

“It took so long (to win the title again). Maybe we even doubted ourselves if we could do it again, but this year we showed amazing performances and we are very happy about it.”

Hercegovac finished with 50 points in five games – all wins – in the capital, but his final four points will be the lasting memory as he ended the championship with rapid-fire long-range bombs to display both his shooting ability and feel for the moment.

“No hesitation at all,” he said. “There’s only 12 seconds [on the shot clock] here. If you have an open window to shoot, I’m going to use it because there are more chances the result is not going to be that good of an opportunity in the next eight seconds. If you feel it, you have to shoot it.”

At the age of 39 and with two World Tour titles under his belt, Hercegovac is dreaming even bigger for his next goal. Not only does he hope 3×3 basketball makes its debut at the 2020 Olympics, but he wants to go out on top with Slovenia at the top of the podium.

“Honestly, our biggest dream or wish it to have a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. I would like to finish my career like that,” he said.

Hamamatsu, meanwhile, had to settle for second place in Abu Dhabi, but they knocked off the favourites and two-time reigning champions, Novi Sad Al Wahda in the semi-finals.

Vadim ‘Miller’ Poddubchenko and Marcin Chudy won the event’s slam dunk contest and shootout, respectively.

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First of its kind 3x3 Arab Women’s Basketball Tournament set for tip-off

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Nada Al Naqbi, Director of Women Sports Department in Sharjah, Chairperson of the Women's Committee at the Arab Basketball Federation and Head of the Higher Organising Committee of the tournament.

The Tournament will be hosted in Sharjah under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.

Titled ‘Above the Rim, We Score,’ the inaugural pan-Arab women basketball competition is being organised by the Women Sport Department (WSD) at Sharjah Ladies Club (SLC) runs until 31 October.

It is the first tournament of its type in the Middle East and will feature Olympic Club from Algeria, Halabja Club from Iraq, the Lebanese International University Club from Lebanon, the University Student Team from Palestine and the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ team from Bahrain.

Clubs that are participating with two teams are hosts Sharjah Ladies Club, The Sporting Club from Egypt, G.S. Petroliers Club from Algeria, Orthodox Club from Jordan and Al Fahees Club, also from Jordan.

“The 3×3 Arab Women Basketball Tournament provides Arab athletes with a great opportunity to gain experience, develop their skills and enjoy good natured rivalry with a host of international participants,” said Nada Al Naqbi, Director of Women Sports Department in Sharjah.

“A successful tournament, along with FIBA’s recognition of its players, will motivate Sharjah Ladies Club and other women’s clubs in Arab countries to step up and take part in even more regional and international competitions, with the ultimate goal being representation at global championship tournaments.”

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