The 2023 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague FanZone is full of things to do, and one of the main attractions on Saturday evening was the skills contest, in which a select few players took part in the dunk contest and the three-point contest.
Karim Lopez of U18 Joventut Badalona ended up coming out on top in the dunk contest, beating out Neoklis Avdalas of U18 Panathinaikos Athens. After three dunk attempts between the two, it was the 16-year-old Lopez who wowed the judges enough to take home the prize for the best dunk. The deciding dunk proved to be a 270-degree dunk, which was declared the winner by the two judges: Zalgiris Kaunas legend Paulius Jankunas and current Zalgiris guard Ignas Brazdeikis.
There was more competition in the three-point contest, with seven players taking part: Dimitrios Zervos of U18 Panathinaikos, Andrej Kostic of U18 Crvena Zvezda Belgrade, Kasparas Jakucionis of U18 FC Barcelona, Ognjen Srzentic of U18 Mega MIS Belgrade, Bernat Morales of U18 Joventut, Aleksandar Gavalyugov of U18 Next Generation Select Team and Jokubas Rudaitis of U18 Zalgiris. The 2023 three-point contest champion ended up being Rudaitis of Zalgiris, as he scored 9 points in the final round, beating the score of Zervos of Panathinaikos.