Two FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila Masters spots up for grabs at Lausanne Super Quest 2023

LAUSANNE (Switzerland) - Excited teams will want to make a statement and start the new season with a bang at the FIBA 3x3 Lausanne Super Quest 2023 on April 22-23. 

The stakes have been raised with the loaded 12-team field also fighting for two tickets to next month's Manila Masters

Let's provide a low down on all the important details before the tournament begins in the Olympic capital. 

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Pool A: Antwerp TOPdesk (BEL), Ermont (FRA), Bucharest Stiinta (ROU)
Pool B: Liman (SRB), Montreux (SUI), Morges (SUI)
Pool C: Paris (FRA), Toronto (CAN), Barcelona (ESP)
Pool D: Lausanne (SUI), Dusseldorf LFDY (GER), San Juan (PUR)

The Favorites 

We have to start with a couple of heavyweight teams, who will look a little bit different in 2023. 

No.1 seed Antwerp TOPdesk won't have a rerun of Thibaut Vervoort aka 'Must See TV' but don't worry because the Belgians will still be brilliant. 

They have rising star Caspar Augustijnen, while Dennis Donkor is a two-way force. Dennis the menace terrorized opponents with his lockdown D late last year to ensure Antwerp are a perfectly rounded team. 

Antwerp will have many challengers in Lausanne headed by powerhouse Liman (SRB) boasting new names although Nebojsa Kilijan is a familiar face who always kills it on the half-court. 

No.3 seed Paris (FRA) had a breakthrough late last year and hope that momentum can carry over into this season. If 25-year-old Franck Seguela can go up a level then Paris will feel confident of a deep run. 

And we just have to add hometown heroes Lausanne (SUI), who always rise to the occasion of playing in front of their passionate fans.

The Swiss Masters will bring back their much-loved core of players, including trickster Gilles Martin who has one of the deepest bags in 3x3. 


The Field

The talent is deep starting with No.5 seed Dusseldorf LFDY (GER), who boast scoring machine Bastian Landgraf and young gun Leon Fertig. 

No.6 seed Toronto (CAN) will be flying the Canadian flag with this newly formed team boasting hugely popular Bikramjit Gill aka 'The Bearded King' and the silky-skilled Jordan Jensen-Whyte formerly of Edmonton (CAN). 

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San Juan (PUR) have a proud 3x3 history and came roaring back onto the pro circuit in recent years after a lengthy absence. 

They've shaken up their squad and focused on four youngsters aged 26 and under as Puerto Rico eyes next year's Paris Olympics.

But, right now, these talented players will hope to gel and make an impact for the always competitive San Juan. 

There are more teams from Switzerland and France hoping to make noise in Lausanne, while Barcelona (ESP) and Bucharest Stiinta (ROU) bring new flavor to the pro circuit. 

What's at stake

The top 2 teams in Lausanne will qualify for the Manila Masters on May 20-21 as part of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2023.

How to watch

The two-day extravaganza is on April 22-23 and you can follow it live on the FIBA 3x3 YouTube and Facebook pages.