|31 July 2012|
The Moscow Open, one of the most prestigious 3on3 tournaments worldwide, took place in the Russian capital on Saturday.
The historical Luzhniki Stadium provided the stage, as 16 teams competed for the title.
Due to rain in the morning all games were held under the roof, with the format being modified to play-offs.
|Players and fans braved the rainy weather, finding shelter under the roof at Luzhniki Stadium. Photo: Ivan Korzhenevskiy|
The new format left no room for mistakes, with many favourites being eliminated in the Eighth-Finals, including Project Vertical from the USA, the Russian 3on3 champions and Italian side FISB STREETBALL, who had 2004 Olympic silver medallist Rodolfo Rombaldoni on their squad.
The reigning Mosow Open champions, Slovenian team Bwin.com, were knocked out in the Quarter-Finals.
At the end of the day, UAB Hidras (Lithuania) and the Carpathian Bears (Romania) punched their tickets for the great final.
The magical run of the Balkan players came to an end in the title game.
|UAB Hidras from Lithuania were crowned champions at the 2012 Moscow Open. Photo: Ivan Korzhenevskiy|
UAB Hidras, winners of last year's FIBA Europe 3on3 stop in Kaunas, added another title to their collection with a 9-5 victory.
The team was led by 2.11m Paulius Joneliunas, who earned tournament MVP honours.
The Moscow Open concluded by the Slam Dunk Contest.
The list of participants, featuring Tyler "Jukebox" Ray, Kristaps Dārgais, Alexander "Shal" Shalygin, Dmitry "Smoove" Krivenko, Evgeny "Molodoy" Shegoyan and Justin "JusFly" Darlington, promised an amazing show.
The fans were not left disappointed, as "JusFly" left no doubt about the winner with remarkable dunks, clinching first place and setting the bar high for next year's edition.
|Justin “JusFly” Darlington put on a show, winning the Slam Dunk Contest. Latvian Kristaps Dārgais finished the contest in second place. Photo: Ivan Korzhenevskiy|