Miami ends USA's 4-year drought for FIBA 3x3 WT title, beats Vienna to rule Cebu Masters

Miami ended a four-year drought for the United States in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour. FIBA
By Ivan Saldajeno

CEBU CITY--For the first time since the pre-pandemic days, an American team ruled a FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters event.

And it took the heroics of arguably its biggest star to make it possible.

Jimmer Fredette came up huge in crunch time as Miami held off Vienna, 22-19, in the final of the Cebu Masters on Sunday night at the SM Seaside City Activity Center here.

Fredette took off just in time, hitting back-to-back deuces, including the winning basket with 47.9 seconds to go to lead Miami to the win.

Fredette, named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, led Miami, which became the first team from the United States to win it all in the Level 10 event since 2019, with nine points.

Canyon Barry added eight points, Kareem Maddox chipped in four, and Dylan Travis made one.

Matthias Linortner, who also went clutch only to fall short, led Vienna with nine points, Nico Kaltenbrunner added six, Quincy Diggs put up three, and Enis Murati scored one.

In the co-main event, Polish pro dunker Rafak Lipinski beat Filipino opponents David Carlos and Dominic Gonzales to rule the dunk contest.

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