On The Street With Oleksiy: Budapest

29 September 2013

3x3 EUROTOUR

Oleksiy Naumov, 3x3

Oleksiy Naumov is a basketball photographer/journalist from Ukraine who's been involved with the game for more than ten years.

Keep an eye out for Oleksiy in your city this summer and be sure to follow him on twitter @naum_23.


Just another perfect location for a 3x3 event
Városligeti Műjégpálya hosted our final event this season

With more than 200 teams played in the open tournament
With more than 200 teams playing in the open tournament


To get to Budapest Jelgava had to win out event in Riga back in August
To get to Budapest our future champions Jelgava had to win in an event in Riga back in August

Having earned a chance to add another check to their collection
Having earned a chance to add another check to their collection
Jelgava take care of Ballers Old Skool (NED) in the opening game of the tournament
Already in Budapest they confidently cruised past the group stage with a perfect 4-0 record

And blow by Hungarian side Happy Gang in quarterfinal
To upset Hungarian side Happy Gang in a quarterfinal
The Hague tried to stop the Latvians in the semifinal, but to no avail
And in the semifinal Jelgava went past the Hague representatives Ballers Old Skool


The fact that this was indeed a tour final did not prevent the organizers from sticking to our motto
The fact that this was indeed a tour final did not prevent the organizers from sticking to our motto
By providing an opportunity to feel the spirit of the game
By providing an opportunity to feel the spirit of the game
Because basketball really is for everybody
Because basketball really is for everybody

And for those that did not play we had various side events such as this FaceTeam performance
And for those that did not play we had various side events such as this FaceTeam performance

Cheerleaders
Cheerleaders
Or a powerful Dunk Contest
Or a powerful Dunk Contest
With Smoove from Ukraine taking home yet another title
With Smoove from Ukraine taking home yet another title
 
Leaving some of the fans in an unrecoverable state of shot with his performance
Leaving some of the fans in an unrecoverable state of shock with his performance

 
In the final Jelgava had a strong start to the game
In the final Jelgava had a strong start to the game
Obtaining a commanding lead as the time was expiring
Obtaining a commanding lead as the time was expiring
And although the Birdman tried to soar his team back in the game
And although the Birdman tried to soar his SKF team back in the game
His efforts were brutally denied by this poster block (already signed by the Latvian high-flyer)
His efforts were brutally denied by this poster block (already signed by the Latvian high-flyer)
This time putting dunkers Smoove and Lipek in a state of shock
Allowing Smoove and Lipek to experience the state of shock they usually put the fans in with their performance
Leaving the Slovenians with a set of Silver medals
Leaving the Slovenians with a set of Silver medals
And starting a massive celebration for the champions
And starting a massive celebration for the champions



And just like that we crowned the 2013 3x3 EuroTour Champions - Jelgava (Latvia)
And just like that we crowned the 2013 3x3 EuroTour Champions - Jelgava (Latvia)

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