Novi Sad Al Wahda defended the title
of the winner Lipik

Photo: Petar Glebov/PIXSELL

Team of Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE) is the winner of Cedevita Lipik 3×3 of Challenger, the prestigious tournament in 3×3 Street basketball, which is in Lipik held 30th of June and 1st of July. They’re in the championship game, which was due to bad weather held in the Sports Hall in Lipik, defeating 21:17 team Liman from Novi Sad.

Despite defeat  Liman there are reasons to be pleased because both finalists have made the Masters 3×3 World tour series to be played in Canadian Saskatoon on July 15th and 16th.

Novi Sad Al Wahda, played for this tournament Dusan Domovic Bulut, Dejan Majstorovic, Nikola Pavlovic i Danilo Mijatović with a slot for Canada and a $ 6,000 cash prize, also won Trophy of Drazen Petrovic, who has been organizing the tournament for the 10th time, the Libox Association, handing over to winner, with the explicit approval of the Petrovic family.

The organizer of the most valuable MVP tournament player declared Dejan Majstorović from the winner team.

The tournament was played by 16 teams from 9 countries (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Spain, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Russia and Poland), and added that they had reached the semifinals by the aforementioned finalists. Olimp Belgrade (Serbia) and Humpolec /Czech Republic).

Thanks to the live streaming of the spectacular Cedevita challenger in Lipik, fans of 3×3 street basketball around the world could be trained, and the semifinals and the finale were aired live on Arena Sport TV, so the Lipik photo went to Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia.

Although the organizers, the Libox Lipik Association, had problems with the preparation of the challenger because of the bad weather and rain, the sports hall did not diminish the charm and beauty of 3×3 basketball.

30 JUNE - 1 JULY 2017



FIBA 3x3 published the official calendar of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour for 2017


Lipik Challenger strongest in 2016

World basketball organization FIBA in a meeting of all the world’s organizers of 3×3 Challengers, which was held on 27 August 2016 in the Swiss town of Lausanne, has officially confirmed that the Malbee Lipik 3×3 Challenger 2016 was the strongest challenger of 3×3 basketball this year in the world! Until this data FIBA came by summing the scores of all the players who played in all 14 of the world’s Challenger. Tallied the points that the players have won on all FIBA tournaments, and the data were compiled on the official website 3x3planet.


Al Wahda Novi Sad
winners of a tough tournament in Lipik

Al Wahda Novi Sad team, two-times and current world champions in street 3×3 basketball, won the Malbée Lipik 3X3 Challenger, the first European challenger tournament which is a part of FIBA’s World Tour series this season.

Last night, on July 9, in the final match that was played in front of more than a thousand spectators at the sports grounds of the Lipik Children’s home, the Novi Sad team defeated the most pleasant surprise of the tournament, the team Ecos Romari from Vitez (Bosnia and Herzegovina) by 21:13.

Dušan Domović Bulut, Dejan Majstorović, Marko Ždero and Danilo Mijatović from Al Wahda Novi Sad played their best game of this two-day tournament just when it was needed the most – in the finals. However, even though the aggressive players from Vitez weren’t given many chances to turn the match into a big sensation, Željko Palavra, Marijo Blaškan, Ranko Križanović and Adi Bambur will be leaving Lipik satisfied, because they earned themselves a trip to the Masters in Prague, just like Al Wahda Novi Sad.

In the terrific atmosphere in front of the full Arena Lipik, the streetball players from Novi Sad, also earned the Dražen Petrović Trophy. For nine years in a row, this Trophy has been awarded to the winner of the tournament by the Libox Association (the organisers of the tournament), with explicit approval from the Petrović family. This spectacular sports and tourism event in Lipik was also honored by the arrival of Mrs Biserka Petrović, Dražen’s mother.

Dejan Majstorović from the winning team was proclaimed the MVP of the tournament by the organisers, and the XXX Sarajevo team was awarded the Fair-Play trophy.

Judging from everything we’ve seen during these two days, Malbée Lipik 3×3 Challenger definitely has what it takes to become the strongest Challenger tournament in the world this season. Sixteen teams from 11 countries (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Spain, France, Italy, Russia, Lithuania, Poland and Bulgaria) competed in Lipik, and along with the two mentioned finalist teams, it is worth pointing out that the teams Stangistai Vilnius from Lithuania and El Palo Peak Malaga from Spain managed to get into the semi-finals.

Street 3×3 basketball is the most popular urban sport in the world, and it is supposed to become an Olympic sport by 2020. In Lipik, the fans of the street 3×3 plays had the chance to see in action 20 players from FIBA’s Top 50 3×3  rankings.

This two-day sports and social spectacle was concluded by a big concert of the group Plavi Orkestar, and it provided the organisers with the best possible way to celebrate the 18th year of continuous organisation of the streetball tournament in Lipik, “the smallest basketball capital in the world”.


Video. Saturday, July 9

QF1: Al Wahda Novi Sad SRB (1) – Urbancity.pl Gdansk POL (4)
QF2: Piran SLO (3) – Stangistai Vilnius LTU (7)
QF3: Ecos Romari Vitez BIH (10) – Master Zemun SRB (6)
QF4: General VM Zagreb CRO (12) – El Palo Peak Malaga ESP (8)

SF1: Al Wahda Novi Sad SRB (1) – Stangistai Vilnius LTU (7)
SF2: Ecos Romari Vitez BIH (10) – El Palo Peak Malaga ESP (8)

Al Wahda Novi Sad SRB (1) – Ecos Romari Vitez BIH (10)

Lipik’s signature basketball event has been recognized by FIBA, as it received a prestigious “Challenger” designation, and became a part of “3×3 2016 World Tour” event.

Croatian basketball federation

Any support offered to Libox will be very much appreciated by FIBA and will help to further develop 3×3 that is already the top urban team sport of the world.


The Croatian Olympic Committee supports fully your efforts to promote 3×3 events because this sport aspires to be included in the Olympic programme and it is already on the Youth Olympic Games programme.

Croatian olympic committee

Dražen started to play basketball on a basket in the front of his building in Šibenik. Even after he became a star in the NBA he would continue to play on that same basket every summer. That is a great part of the reason we are happy that MVP award of Lipik tournament holds Dražen`s name.

Drazen Petrovic Museum