By Paul Osborne

Slovenia's Brezovica win the inaugural FIBA 3x3 All Stars in Doha, Qatar ©Getty ImagesDecember 12 - Slovenia's Team Brezovica have been crowned champions of the International Basketball Federation's (FIBA) inaugural 3x3 All Star competition in Doha.

Coming into the event with four of the top five players in the world following a successful World Tour, Brezovica were looking to build on what has been a truly superb season.

Victories over hosts Doha and Japan's Nagoya in the pool stages got their competition off to a great start and a semi final win against the Americas' Caracus ensured their place in the final.

Here they met rivals and World Tour runners up Nova Sad in a repeat of the final in Istanbul earlier this year.

The Serbian's world number one talisman Dusan Domovic Bulut could not prevent a repeat of the result that saw his side thwarted in Istanbul as Brezovica marched on to a gritty 12-9 victory.

More than a new title and a coveted $25,000 (£15,000/€18,000) winning cheque, Brezovica solidified their status as the best team in 3x3 this season and their star player Blaz "Birdman'" Cresnar should become the new number one 3x3 player in the world when the Individual World Ranking is updated again next Monday (December 16).

The Brezovica team ended their season in style winning the first ever FIBA 3x3 All Stars event in Doha, Qatar ©FIBAThe Brezovica team ended their season in style winning the first-ever FIBA 3x3 All Stars event in Doha ©FIBA

"It was a great atmosphere at the venue," Brezvoica's Ales Kunc commented after the final.

"It was great to play before so many excited kids.

"We look forward to coming back next year."

Hosts Doha can be proud of a performance that saw them just miss out on a place in the final with a 13-12 overtime defeat to Nova Sad.

Team captain and former Qatar international Yaseen Musa will also travel home as the tournament's top scorer.

"It was a great experience for us," the retied Qatar international said.

"But we still proved we can compete with the best."

The FIBA 3x3 All Stars was also a matter of big dunks with Latvia's Kristaps Dargais hammering the reverse between-the-legs jam and a big windmill to take home the Dunk Contest title and a $7,000 (£4,000/€5,000) prize pot.

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