The Serbian 3X3 National Team survived an early Dutch offensive to win the final match, 16-13, bringing home their third-straight title in the FIBA 3X3 World Cup.
The Netherlands were in the lead for the most part of the game ever since they took a two-point lead at 6-4, when Sjoerd van Vilsteren hit two free throws as the Serbians fell into the penalty with 5:28 remaining in the game.
Dusan Bulut tied the game at eight-all after scoring off a low-post move with 2:26 left, giving the Serbians enough momentum to go on an 8-5 run to close the match.
The eventual tournament MVP Bulut led all scorers with seven points, while team newcomer Stefan Stojačić added four. Serbian team mainstays Marko Savić and Dejan Majstorovic pitched in with four and three points, respectively.
Jesper Jobse had six points to lead the Netherlands in scoring. The ‘Flying Dutchman’ Sjoerd van Vilsteren had four points, while Dimeo Van der Horst had three. Aron Roijé went scoreless for the Dutch.
This wasn’t the first scare for the world number one team, as they barely escaped Poland in the semifinals, 21-19, owing to Majstorovic’s winning two-point banker. All four members of the Serbian National Team are ranked as the top four 3X3 players in world by FIBA.
This is the third consecutive championship for the Serbian side, and fourth gold medal finish overall. They won the last two championships when they competed in China in 2016, and France in 2017.