|21 May 2012|
Ljubljana's Prešernov Square, located in the historic centre of Slovenia's capital city was buzzing with basketball for a weekend as the FIBA Europe 3on3 returned to the place of its first ever event.
Last year's attendance of 12,000 spectators was surpassed as more than 13,000 fans and curious spectators populated the pedestrian zone around the six FIBA Europe 3on3 courts.
69 teams suited up for a total of 133 games on both days, showing fierce competition for the desired spots in the big final on the centre court.
|Game action in the senior competition on the centre court in Ljubljana|
On Saturday, the senior men and VIP competitions took place with Raiffeisenbanke beating Telekom 20-15 in the VIP final, thanks to their high percentage outside shooting.
Team Ackbacab were facing Iscemo Sponzorja in the senior men final with the latter having eliminated last year's champions and Moscow Open 2011 winners Bwin.com in the quarter-finals.
Ackacab took the winner's cheque as well as the trophy and gold medals after a dominant 18-12 display.
Before the final stages of the tournament, the promotion game with persons with acquired head injuries took place, offering a great opportunity for participants to experience 3on3 basketball as well as giving exposure to an excellent social project.
Matic Hudobivnik secured himself a ball and a jersey for winning the three-point contest with a six of 15 performance in the shoot-out's final.
Tijan Milic was crowned slam-dunk champion for a second straight time as he followed up last year's triumph with more spectacular dunks to beat his opponent Robi Gobec.
Sunday was reserved for the women, wheelchair and junior teams and the participants were no less motivated than the men on Saturday.
|FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson with the teams in the wheelchair category |
U16 side Veterani (the veterans) thrashed the Highflyers 21-7 in the final to earn them an invitation to a basketball pro camp this summer.
In the U18 category, The Winners lived up to their name by dominating the final 21-9 over Udi Slobodno.
Lino Lada were the champions of the women's tournament as they closely edged the Pro Basketball Camp Team 13-12.
For the first time in a FIBA Europe 3on3 tournament, wheelchair basketball was part of the competition schedule.
Before, only exhibition games had taken place.
The Green Dragons, consisting of Slovenian wheelchair national team players beat Kekci 14-8 in the final.
The Slovenian national team was using the 3on3 competition in their build-up for the European Championship Division B in wheelchair basketball, which will take place in Lasko, Slovenia from 23 June to 1 July.
The next stop of the FIBA Europe 3on3 tour is the Romanian capital Bucharest, where the event will take place from Thursday 24 May to Sunday 27 May at the Revolution Square in front of the Romanian Athenaeum.