Former number one 3x3 player in the world Simon Finzgar was unstoppable in the deciding game, scoring 10 points, including a game-winning two-pointer off the screen in overtime.
The event’s top scorer (36 points overall) Jure Erzen had 7 while sharpshooter Dario Krejic added 6 points in a losing effort for Kranj, who had won the Lausanne Masters in 2013.
The two teams had met several times this season, including in the final of the 3x3 Slovenian Championship on 19 July and in the pool stage of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters on Friday (29 August). Both times Kranj had won the game.
In the individual competitions, the 1,65m Porter ‘What’s Gravity?!’ Maberry won the Dunk Contest as he jumped over a 2,08m big man. Team Ljubljana’s Jasmin Hercegovac showed great range to win the Samsung Shoot-Out Contest.
Team Trbovlje took home the $10,000 USD winning cheque while Kranj won $5,000 USD. Both qualified for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final.
Kranj already featured in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final, last year in Istanbul, Turkey on 4-5 October 2013, reaching fourth place, while Trbovlje (ex-Ljubljana) also finished fourth at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final, in the first-ever edition of the competition, in Miami on 22-23 September 2012.
Erzen, Krejic, Mensud Julevic (Kranj), Finzgar and Adin Kavgic (Trbovlje) made history by joining a group of now 18 players who played in all three editions of the World Tour (2012, 2013 and 2014).
Team Manila West (PHI), Doha (QAT), Wukesong (CHN), Saskatoon (CAN), Denver (USA), Novi Sad (SRB) and Bucharest (ROU) are the other seven teams who have already secured their ticket to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final.
Final Standings of the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters
1. Trbovlje (SLO)
2. Kranj (SLO)
3. Amsterdam (NED)
4. Marburg (GER)
5. Monastir (TUN)
6. Ljubljana (SLO)
7. Belgrade (SRB)
8. Menton (FRA)
9. Split (CRO)
10. Dusseldorf (GER)
11. Lecco (ITA)
12. La Marsa (TUN)