Author: benoit

DAMN.

Not in the-Kendrick-Lamar-album-kind-of-way, but in the way that all you guys were amazing once again this summer.
The 3X3 Masters weekend of the tournament in Antwerp and the Finals on Sunday was the last stop of this year and we enjoyed every minute of it. Now let’s take a look at everything that happened this weekend.

On Saturday we had the last qualifier for the Finals on Sunday. These teams came out on top in their respective categories:

U13: 1) Streetballtigers  2) Soba-Nation 3) Ballislife 4) Uccle Europe Lions
U15: 1) Blowout 2) Concrete Lions 2020 3) BBQ Op Veld 2 4) K-Warriors
U18 Girls: 1) Open Run Fab 4  2) Concrete Lions HSVB  3) Entwerp Ies Parking
U18 Boys: 1) Team NL U18  2) Concrete Lions Rookies   3) Team Splash  4) Open Run Beastin & Feastin
18+ Women: 1) Unbreakable  2) Myteamisbetterthanyours  3) Team Chocomel  4) Concrete Lions NT
18+ Recreational: 1) Savage $quad 2) Splash Cousins  3) OpenRun Next Gen  4) Swift Sports Training
18+ Elite:  1) BO!! 2) 3X3 NL U23 Team 2  3) 3X3 NL U23  4) HW Wild Snakes
Wheelchair: 1) U23 On Wheels  2) Tukkers on Tour  3) Rijinstruc. On Wheelz  4) Wapper

 

On sunday of course, we had the main event: the 3X3 Masters Finals. All the best teams from all the past tournaments got an invite and came ready to earn their stripes at the Groenplaats. Eventually, there could only be one big winner in each category. Let’s check out who won in each tournament:

U13: Soba Nation
U15: Concrete Lions 2020 (NDL)
U18 Boys: Team NL U18 (NDL)
U18 Girls: Open Run Fab 4 (NDL)
18+ Women: Chicks Got Game
18+ Elite Men: HW Wild Snakes (POL)

Now for the shooting contest, we have to give props to Emma Bell. She won the contest, hitting 10 threes in the process. She earned herself a playstation 4 Pro, with a copy of NBA 2K17.

The winner of the Dunk Contest was Christiaan Grives, a.k.a. Batman, with a sick dunk over Belgian Cat Kyara Linskens. Now let’s take a look at the best pictures of this weekend:

 Once again, we had the wonderful opportunity to have the Groenplaats as a setting for our 3×3 Masters Finals. 

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For the first time this summer, we could welcome some teams in the wheelchair competition! 

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These guys were amazing again, as they had every game under control, while being awesome of course. 

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Beats were delivered by DJ Dysfunkshunal. 

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Talk about major concentration…

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Ladies, Have you met Daniel? He’s a courtmoni half of the time, but also a pretty succesful model the other half! 

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Without even knowing it, we had a big breakdance star in the building! 

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Better make sure that’s a good pass kid, your dad is watching over your shoulder! 

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When all you really want to do, is be a pokémaster, but you gotta go hoop on a 3X3 Masters tournament instead… 

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When you forgot a black color and the only guy who has a spare shirt, is your center… 

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Yess, Flex on ‘em my man! 

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The wonderful DJ Lady S taking care of the beats in the afternoon! 

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 Ouch, that gas got to hurt. He’s gonna be feeling that when he wakes up in the morning! 

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Pretty sure that’s a foul too! 

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 When you get photobombed by a referee… 

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When you’re on 3X3 Masters, but you actually gotta be rehearsing Rihanna’s music video clip…

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Now don’t eat that young lady, it has to last until 2020…

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If we have learned one thing MC Lightning has said during the tournaments, it’s that the ref is always right!

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Woops, I think you forgot a pretty crucial part of basketball there, buddy! 

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Matthias, shooting the lights out in the shooting contest on saturday, hitting 13 free throws in 30 seconds…

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Benjamin a.k.a. Big Ben a.k.a. the Big Boss taking care of the result board. 

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I hate to say this, but ehh… YOU JUST GOT POSTERIZED

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Getting that tongue out like I’m MJ…

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Julie Vanloo getting ready for her trademark stepback jumper

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Check out the pics of the winners via http://basketbal.vlaanderen/blog-meer/detail/dit-zijn-de-eindwinnaars-van-de-3×3-masters-tour-2017

 

MAJOR SHOUT-OUT to the great KING CHAN
He put in a LOT of time (and less sleep)  to get you all in those beautiful pictures, so give him some credit.

Lastly, shout-out to the 3X3 Masters crew who put in the work every tournament, just so everybody can play ball.
(Some of them are missing on this pic, but we didn’t forget about you!)

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We had sun, we had a beach and sea and… we had lots of high-level basketball!

The 3×3 Masters stop in Oostende proved to be very popular once again, as lots of teams came to the Belgian Coast to ball. The weather forecast wasn’t promising, but the storm stayed away, so we had a great day.

First, we need to give a shout-out to our NBA 2K shoot-out winners, Milan in the youth competition and Angelo in the 18+ competition. They went home with a copy of 2K17 after shooting the lights out.

In the morning it were the local Ostend Flyers who took away the head price in the U13 category, outgunning the Black Devils. In the U15 field, the Airhoopers came out on top.

In the afternoon, Ballout84 came out on top in the U18 tournament, while the Donkey Ballers were the cream of the crop in the 18+ Recreational field. In the Women’s categories, Wolfpack, with Belgian Cat Kyara Linskens, won the title, outlasting the U18 Rockets in the Finals.

The exciting 18+ Elite Finals were won by The Chiefs, outlasting German side Der Stamm with 16-15. Jonas Foerts of The Chiefs hit the game winning jumper.

Check out the epic pics from our great photographer King below:

The view over the place where it all went down, Wapenplein in Ostend.

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The German team of K1X Ambassadors made sure they would be seen on the court.

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Ok, show us how you really feel Frank!

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Kyara Linskens, bronze medalist in Prague, showed up for some 3X3 action in Ostend!

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Our man Milan winning the shoot-out contest in the morning! Now go play some 2K son!

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That’s making sure you get some lift on your jump shot. Not bad!

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Damn son, ain’t nobody out here with cooler sunglasses than you!

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Oh boy, that defender just got nutmegged. Great pass right here!

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Due to the slippy underground and the heat, we had some trouble with the court at times..

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There were some really cool chicks performing an epic dance-off next to the courts though!

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And if you need to get something done, the best way to do it, is as one team!

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Major thanks to our referees, who have the chemistry on and off the court..

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Angelo showed some guts in the 2K Shoot-out finals in the Afternoon, but was so kind to give away his prize to the other finalist.

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Jonas Foerts of the Chiefs showed off at 3X3 Masters Oostende and lead his team to victory.

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In the end, it was all smiles and we already look forward to next weekend. Finals weekend in Antwerp! Be there!

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What up everybody!

On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 july, we took the 3X3 Masters tour to our nation’s capital and we had a blast! And we have the proof in the pictures you will find below.

The event was spread out over two days, with the U15 and the 18+ Elite Men playing on Saturday and the U18 Boys and 18+ Women playing on Sunday.

On Saturday, Max Ghysbrechts of team Blowout took away the 2K Shoot-Out Contest, defeating his teammate Lukas Verhoeven and Matthias Offeciers. In the U15 competition, Giantsnation blew out their opponents on their way to the finals, where they defeated Blowout in a exciting game.

In the 18+ Elite Men Competition, there was a lot of firepower and a big crowd turned up to show some support. In the end, The Chiefs showed they were the best team, by beating Team Celis with coach Nick Celis in the semi-finals and then doing the same to Rochdi Benzouien’s team DuLourd in the finals.

The main event of the day was the Dunk Contest, where Kevin Tshupula was crowned the Dunk King.

On Sunday the U18 Boys and 18+ Women were on the programme. Before noon, it were the Sweet Ballerz who took away the prize in the U18 field. In the Women’s tournament, bronze medalist Julie Vanloo showed up and lead her team to victory in the afternoon.

Now, let’s take a look at some of King’s best shots:

 

 

 

 

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So, as you can see, we were set up pretty nicely for our tournament in Brussels.

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We got the 3×3 Masters crew all pumped up and ready for the day.

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DJ Dysfunkshunal playing the best beats of the moment.

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Hell, we even got a sneaker wash, where you can make your sneakers look new again. Crazy!

Refs

In case you forgot, the refs know a thing or two about playing basketball themselves. Who you got?

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When you’re doing your best ‘Jordan logo’ impression, in the middle of a game.

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Okay, I see you with them Uncle Drew socks! Did you know he wants a trade, though?

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Uhm King, weren’t you supposed to take pictures of the basketball games? No no, major shout-out to the Orange girls!

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Fresh Top Division Men One Champion, Robin Spaens was also in the building!

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Just like the 3X3 U18 National Team, playing this tournament as preparation for the Euros! Let’s go Belgium!

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Excuse me sir, may I have this ball back?

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I can do this… Hold my beer!

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Okay, so he went through the legs in the Dunk Contest? Oooeeh-Wee!

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Not sure if Photoshopped, or just ‘The Dunking Devils”

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Bronze medalist Julie Vanloo made appearance with her ‘Chicks Got Game’ and took away the prize!

 

From 7 till 9 july, the beautiful city of Amsterdam held the European 3X3 Championship. In the men’s tournament, Latvia surprisingly came out on top, beating Slovenia. In the women’s final, Russia had the advantage over Spain. 

The stunning location, right next to the Rijksmuseum, in the middle of Amsterdam, was accentuated by the enormous 3X3 stadium, where 2.105 spectators could take place. This was the biggest temporary 3X3 stadium ever.

In the men’s tournament was host Netherlands not strong enough for title-favourite Serbia (22-13). Latvia, Slovenia and Ukraine also secured a spot in the semis, where Latvia pulled off an upset by sending Serbia home, 17-19. In the other semi-final, Slovenia had no match in Ukraine, which it beated 22-8. In an exciting Finals matchup, outsider Latvia beat Slovenia 16 to 13, crowning themselves European Champions. Ukraine won the bronze-medal game.

In the women’s competition, home team Netherlands did make the semis. However, Spain was too strong for the hosts, beating them 9-11. Russia secured the other Finals spot, outplaying France 16 to 12. In the Finals, Russia hit from all angles to beat Spain with 14-22. Home team Netherlands finished strong by winning the bronze.

Look below for the 10 best plays of the tournament: IFrame

Due to the weather conditions, we were balling in the ‘Lange Munte’ in Kortrijk, instead of the ‘Veemarkt’. Not that it messed up our vibe though, check out the recap!

Again, we need to give a shout-out to the 2K shoot-out contest winners. In the U13/U15 category, Milan (U13) seemed unstoppable, while Pallieter took away NBA 2K17 in the U18/18+ Category, after a tie-breaker with Ilyes.

The Dunk Contest was won by Thomas, representing team Persy.

These teams made sure they earned a spot at the 3X3 Finals in Antwerp:

  • 18+ Elite Men: Air Africa / Team Persy / Retro / Monaco
  • 18+ Women: D Deerlijk & Rookies / Coastgirls / Poland / Negenduust
  • U18 Boys: Coast to Coast / Litty / Ballers / H-Town
  • U18 Girls: BTK Bitches / Shooters / Echo
  • U15 Boys: Melco Bballers / The Jokers / Helios / K-Warriors
  • U13 Boys: Okapistars / Bad Bananas / Waregem U12A

The games in the 18+ Recreational section were just for fun, but nonetheless they deserve a shout-out for the effort they put in. Nasty came out on top, followed by Magicians, Noobs & Sparta.

The best pictures of 3X3 Masters Kortrijk:

  •  “I don’t know if I’m in a zombie apocalypse or a basketball game”

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  • MC Lightning Lieven rockin’ some of his favourite Jordan’s

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  • “If you want to score the basketball, you have to be the basketball”

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  • Did you know Rapunzel is a pretty damn good shooter? 

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  • Milan, a.k.a. Mini-Kyle Lowry, took home the Shooting Contest in the U13/U15 category.

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  • House Photographer King looked for the best angles, to pull of his best shots. 

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  • He either called bank, yelled ‘Buckets’ or ‘Airball’…

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  • Can someone explain to me what the hell is going on in this picture? 

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  • The art of the no-look pass showed by Nele Poffyn

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  • When you see that last copy of NBA 2K in the store. 

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  • It was at that moment in time he knew… he messed up. 

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While our Belgian Cats are absolutely ballin’ out in Prague, beating Italy on its way, our 3X3 Lions and Cats are about to tip-off the FIBA 3X3 Qualifiers in Poitiers. Both teams try to secure a ticket for the big dance, the European Championship in Amsterdam. 

Our men’s teams consists of Loic ‘Lo-Show’ Schwartz, who’s heading to reigning champ Ostend, Maxime Depuydt from Brussels, Stephane Moris from Kangoeroes and 7’0 Amaury Gorgemans from Charleroi. Those ballers need to secure a spot in the top 5, to get a spot in the Euro’s. They are playing Romania at 12 pm and Switzerland at 3 pm.

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Our female baller squad has Lara Gaspar from Waregem, Emmanuella Mayombo from Castors Braine, Caroline Bourlioux from Liège and Romina Ciappina from Keltern on the team. If they want a shot for the European title, they’ll have to end in the top 6. They will go up against Austria at 2 pm and Ukraine at 5 pm.

The quarter finals will start tomorrow.

Watch the games LIVE via the stream below. Let’s go to the ‘ship! #WeBallin #3X3

The first 3X3 Masters tournament of 2017 is a wrap!

On the fifth of june, we had our first 3X3 Masters tournament of a busy summer. In Sporthal ‘t Wit Zand in Melsele, 37 teams showed up and battled eachother for a spot in the finals in Antwerp.

Iben Romeijnders of Antwerp Giants and Thierry Marien of BS Waregem won the 2K Shooting Contest in their respective categories. If you want to look back at the results and standings of the tournament, you can click here.

These teams were able to secure a spot in the Finals in Antwerp in their categories (winners in bold) :

  • 18+ Elite Men: Puus (BEL) / Ballistik (FRA) / Team Utrecht (NED) / Leadersportz (BEL)
  • 18+ Women: Open Run VAC (NED) / No Name (GER) / Unbreakable (BEL) / Open Run Holland U18 (NED)
  • U18 Boys: Ball Brothers (BEL) / From Down Town (BEL)
  • U15: A’ Town Ballers Lars (BEL) / Lil Baller Gang (BEL) / Pleuris 3 (BEL) / Ballbro’s (BEL)
  • U13: The Blue Demons (BEL) / Condors (BEL) / Beavers (BEL) / Kyyoquni (BEL)

There will not be a 18+ Recreational Men category at 3X3 Masters Finals, but these guys do deserve recognition for their play at 3X3 Masters Melsele. The top 4 teams in 18+ Recreational Men are: Swift Sports Training (BEL) / Condors (BEL) / Red Assault (BEL) / Red Warriors (BEL)

Let’s take a look at the best pictures, taken by our awesome house photographer King Chan.

 

  • The German James Harden found his way to the gym in Melsele.

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  • Our MC Lieven again had a tough time staying away from the girls…

Our MC Lieven again had a tough time staying away from the girls...

  • Even Pau Gasol found some time to drop by in Melsele.

Even Pau Gasol found some time to drop by in Melsele.

  • When you’re finally back on 3X3 Masters ground.

When you're finally back on 3X3 Masters ground.

  • 3X3-referee Yves supports world peace.

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  • Young blood Iben took away the 2K shootout trophy.

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  • When you make a clear foul, but the referee missed it. 

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  • Get that weak stuff out of here! 

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  • Nick Celis from Oxaco and Sam Caron from Melsele going at it 1 on 1. 

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  • You’re never too young to start ballin’. 

 

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  • Good old Ian Hanavan showing off his skillset on the low block. 

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  • “What do you mean ref? Foul? C’mon man!”

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  • Thierry Mariën of Waregem was crowned 3-point shootout champion, with 17 3’s in 1 minute! 

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  • Some strong Dutch women’s teams showed up for the tournament. 

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  • When coach says ‘play with your head’ and you take things a bit too serious. 

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  • Jonas Verlinden doing his best Barack Obama ‘not bad’ meme impression. 

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  • Kick game strong. 

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  • If we had an award for ‘best gameface’…

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  • That moment when you hit the tournament-winning buzzer beater. Stijn Stevens wins it for Puus with a crazy 3.

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  • The ref squad again did a fabolous job.

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  • That’s some pretty strong hair gel, my man. 

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  • Passion for the game. 

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