For the first time in the history of Lithuanian 3 × 3 basketball, three teams from Lithuania took part in the world FIBA 3 × 3 Masters tournament – Utena, Šakiai and Marijampolė 3 × 3 basketball clubs competed in Prague, and after a 5-year break he returned to the global 3 × 3 basketball scene. Ovidijus Varanauskas together with the team of Jeda (Saudi Arabia) became the champion of the tournament.
Probably the biggest surprise was provided by the Utena team, which came to the tournament with three players. The Lithuanians, led by David Rasis, Ignas Labutis and Ignas Razutis, lost to the Antwerp team in the group stage at 16:18, but at 20:15 broke down Humpolec’s Bernard (Czech Republic) club and advanced to the next stage.
In the quarterfinals, Utena broke one of the tournament favorites Riga 20:18, but in the 12:22 semifinals the team of Jeda (Saudi Arabia), represented by the Lithuanian Ovidijus Varanauskas, landed, which became the winner of the tournament. Utena took the fourth place in the overall standings and won 12 thousand. dollar cash prize.
The Šakiai team, represented by Aurelijus Pukelis, Darius Tarvydas, Marijus Užupis and Šarūnas Vingelis, also appeared solidly in the Masters tournament. In the first match, Šakiai met with the Marijampolė team, which he defeated with the result 22:18, in the second match Šakiai 22:14 broke the team of Rally (Serbia).
In the quarterfinals, Šakiai met with the aforementioned Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) team, which landed at 18:21. Taking the fifth place in the general classification, Šakiai won 8 thousand. dollar cash prize.
For the first time in history, the Marijampolė team, which took part in the FIBA 3 × 3 Masters tournament and wore T-shirts by Evaldas Džiaugys, Justas Nausėdas, Kostas Jonuška and Tautvydas Kliučnykas, made it to the quarter-finals.
In the selection group, Marijampolė defeated the club of Ibiza (Spain) at 21:14, but despite the 17:21 defeat, the team of Tel-Aviv (Israel) advanced to the next stage. There, the Marijampolė team met with Šakiai, who landed at 18:22, but with the result of 17:11 they defeated Raljos (Serbia) club and continued their performance in the next stage.
In the quarter-finals, Marijampolė landed at Liman (Serbia) at 19:21, which together with the Jeda (Saudi Arabia) team played in the final of the tournament. Marijampolė residents took the eighth place in the overall standings of the tournament.
After a 5-year break (since 2016), the team of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) represented by Ovidijus Varanauskas, who returned to the world tour, won the world FIBA 3 × 3 Masters tournament for the first time in history and won 40,000. dollar cash prize.
In an interview after the match, the Lithuanian invited the legendary 3 × 3 Serbian basketball player Dušan Buluta to return to this sport and find out who is the best on the field.