SHANGHAI (China) – Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy (MGL) celebrated a momentous victory at the FIBA 3×3 Shanghai Masters 2023. They clinched their first World Tour Masters title ever by defeating Liman Huishan NE (SRB) with a score of 21-19 in a thrilling final held on October 15 on Hengsha Island in Shanghai.
This triumph was of particular importance for Ulaanbaatar, as they had previously fallen short in their attempts to secure a FIBA 3×3 World Tour victory earlier in the year. However, in this tournament, they showcased their skills by leading their pool on the opening day and maintaining a winning streak throughout the knockout rounds on the second day. Their journey to the Final included a thrilling victory over China’s Wuxi and the underdog team from Antananarivo, Madagascar. In the championship match, they faced Liman, the second-seeded team led by sharpshooters Zhang Ning and Stefan Kojic.
As expected, the battle between Ulaanbaatar and Liman was intense. The two teams were frequently neck-and-neck, with neither holding a lead greater than 3 points. Both teams impressed the Shanghai audience with their exceptional teamwork and impressive shooting abilities. Ulaanbaatar held a 20-19 lead late in the game when Steve Sir sealed the victory with a free throw.
Sir was also recognized as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament. In addition to this honor, he won the Shoot-Out Contest presented by Chooks-to-Go. In the Final, Sir displayed his offensive skills by sinking a pair of two-pointers in the midst of tight defense. His timely baskets played a crucial role in Ulaanbaatar’s historic victory. His Final performance included 6 points, 2 key assists, 1 rebound, and 2 highlight-worthy plays, earning him the prestigious title of World Tour MVP.