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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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Just like that, 3X3 Masters Zaventem flew by. Thank God (and our photographer King) for the awesome memories as we take a look back at the second tournament in our 2017 tour.

First of, a big shout-out to the winners of the NBA2K Shoot-Out Contest: Kostic in the U13/U15 category and Soufian in the U18/18+ category. Both went home happy and proud with an NBA 2K game in their back pockets.

The competition was fierce in the Dunk Contest but Kris Kalondo proved to be the best amongst the young high flyers. Congrats young fella!

A whole lot of teams qualified for the 3X3 Masters Finals at Zaventem:

  • 18+ Elite Men: 1. Leadersportz (BEL) / 2. Mamurna Jutra (BEL) / 3. BTW Rumbeke (BEL) / 4. Under Armour (BEL)
  • 18+ Women: 1. Hotshots (BEL) / 2. The Hot Shots (BEL) / 3. Roro&Co (U18)
  • U18 Boys: 1. Lord of the court (BEL) / 2. T.M.L. (BEL) / 3. Joakim Noah’s Arc (BEL) / 4. Greece (BEL)
  • U15: 1. Black Panthers (BEL) / 2. The Air Ballers (BEL) / 3. A’Town Ballers (BEL) / 4. The Big 3 (BEL)
  • U13: 1. United Woluwe (BEL) / 2. Blue Knights (BEL) / 3. Allez-Hop / 4. Blue Demons (BEL)

The 18+ Recreational Men played just for fun, but with as much energy as anyone else. These 4 teams came out on top: 1. Team Avengers (BEL) / 2. Wintergeenprijzenmee (BEL) / 3. Red Assault (BEL) / 4. The Coikes (BEL)


The best pictures of 3X3 Masters Zaventem (totally subjective): 

Resident DJ – DJ Dysfunkshunal – dropped the newest beats once again:

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Football Royalty also dropped by:

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MC Lieven tried to count ’till three:

 

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The referees didn’t knew what he was talking about (and neither did we):

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Three? One?

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Anything you can do…

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… I can do better:

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We also had dunks (thank you Barry Dictus!):

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And some rock-paper-scissors contests (thank you MC Lieven):

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Oh, did we mention we had dunks?

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Wanna see more pictures? Check out the full album on Facebook!

See you in Kortrijk on July 1st!

 

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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Well, ‘we’ as in ‘you’ actually. You made it. Or better yet, you CAN make it. To the Olympics that is.
That’s right, you read it right: 3X3 can get you to the Olympics.

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The IOC (the International Olympic Committee) decided that 3X3 Basketball will be included in the program of the Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo. They will add 16 teams (8 men + 8 women) as a second basketball discipline, next to 5X5 Basketball.

So, what does this have to do with you? EVERYTHING!

You are the reason 3X3 made it to the Olympics. Playing 3X3, creating your official 3X3 Planet account, means you’re part of the ever-growing 3X3 Family. Playing at 3X3 Masters is just the first step into the path to the Olympics. It might be a far-fetched dream, but 3X3 literally can get you from the streets to the Olympics.

So go ahead and play lot’s of 3X3. Maybe one day you’ll get to represent your country on the world’s biggest stage.

BTW, you can sign up for one of our tournaments right here :-)

Our photographer King has an eye for detail and a quick click. Let’s check out the best pics he took during our summer tournaments. What’s your favourite?

1. Team Foerts

It’s always fun around with Mr. Foerts and his squad. He was repping the Belgian team at the U20 European Championship this summer and made sure y’all knew about it with his team wearing his jersey at 3X3 Masters Antwerp.

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2. Superman flying high

When you got hops like this. You’re top 10. Period.

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3. When you can’t believe what you just saw…

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4. Chicks got game

Points for being regulars at 3X3 Masters, points for the smiles, points for their game and extra points for the message these chicks are sending. And yes, that is Belgian Cat Julie Vanloo right there.

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5. 3X3 Masters is…

…where Team Belgium meets the local guys, where an upset is never too far away, where you and I play. We see you Leroy & Marcus!

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6. Nice glasses bruh!

How ’bout those shades huh? Golden glasses for the teams that are making it to the Finals! Rock ‘em like a rockstar.

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7. Gameface ON!

Best. gameface. ever.

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8. Shoes are overrated

Who needs shoes to compete at the Shoot-Out?

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9. Future stars putting in work. 

We just love young ballers at 3X3 Masters. The future shines bright for those who put in the work.

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10. They go hard, every time.

And that’s why they are wearing ‘Best Crew Ever’ t-shirts.

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EXTRA: The ‘Oeh-this-is-too-hard’- face of Nick G.

This one is too funny. It just had to be in this list. Sorry Nick.

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EXTRA: On a date?

The smiles, holding hands, Titanic-like staring into the sky… If we didn’t know any better, we’d say it’s a date between Jonas Foerts and Thierry Marien right there.

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EXTRA: What’s up dog? 

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You might remember Marjorie Carpreaux pulling out some slick passes at 3X3 Masters Zaventem, playing for Team Belgium. Well, she did the same thing at the FIBA 3X3 European Championship Qualifier in Amsterdam last week. Handles so sweet, FIBA had to make a highlight mixtape about it.