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Serbia continue winning streak at friendly international tournament
PORTOROZ (Slovenia) - 4-time FIBA 3x3 World Cup winners Serbia won their second straight 6-team friendly tournament in Portoroz, Slovenia on February 8-9, 2020.
Al they do is win, win, win. Serbia dominated the 2nd friendly tournament of the season, this time going undefeated with 4 wins before the limit. The new Serbian roster - with 2 players from Team Novi Sad (Dusan Bulut and Dejan Majstorovic) and 2 from Team Liman (Aleksandar Ratkov and Mihailo Vasic) - had already won a men's international tournament a week ago on their home soil.
Serbia started the pool phase with a convincing win over Croatia (21-13) and then took over 3x3 World Cup 2014 winners Qatar (21-14), the same team they would defeat later on in the semi-finals (21-16). In the final, Serbia took down a 3-man Canada squad (21-13) to claim the tournament.
Sharpshooter Steve Sir was a man possessed in Slovenia. He topped all scorers in Portoroz with 36 points, including a big 2 to end the game and silence the Slovenian crowd in the semi-finals.
Serbia are already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics based on the Federation Ranking back in November 1.
The other 5 will all compete at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Bengaluru, India on March 18-22 so they used the event to try new things on their rosters. Slovenia, for example, mixed two players from Piran (Ovnik and Kavgic) and Kranj (Julevic and Jersen). Similarly, former Asia Cup winners Mongolia made one roster change in this tournament.
Only 3 teams will earn a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in India.