LAUSANNE (2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour) - Team Vilnius (LTU) won the 2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters after a thrilling final (17-13) against Trbovlje (SLO), who will join them at the World Tour Final in Abu Dhabi on 15-16 October.
Tournament MVP Ovidijus Varanauskas was unstoppable during the event and paced his team in the final with 7 points. The powerful Vitalij Luksa patrolled the paint with 5 points. Giedrius Marciukaitis added 3 points and Darius Tarvydas contributed 2 points, including a memorable dunk.
The top scorer in a packed Place Centrale, in the heart of the Olympic capital, was showman Michael Hicks from Team Gdansk (POL). The US-born sharpshooter tallied a season-high 53 points in just 4 games. Hicks justified his ‘Money in the Bank’ nickname by winning the Head & Shoulders Shoot-Out Contest.
In the CityCable Dunk Contest, 3-time FIBA 3x3 World Tour dunk champion Rafal ‘Lipek’ Lipinski from Poland brought the house down after a series of jams that included a 360 between the legs and a dunk over the 1.96m Hicks and four cheerleaders.
Vilnius took home the US $10,000 winning prize while Trbovlje won US $4,000. Both teams qualified for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final, which is hosted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on 15-16 October, where they join Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE), Manila North (PHI), Kranj (SLO), Kolobrzeg (POL), Doha (QAT) and Ljubljana (SLO).
Final Standings of the 2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters:
1. Vilnius (LTU)
2. Trbovlje (SLO)
3. Gdansk (POL)
4. Ljubljana (SLO)
5. Zemun (SRB)
6. Lausanne (SUI)
7. Domzale (SLO)
8. Malaga (ESP)
9. Tunis (TUN)
10. Utrecht (NED)
11. Bucharest (ROU)
12. Istanbul (TUR)