menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch
Kareem Maddox

Medal Round Matchups Set at USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 National Championship

  • Date:
    Apr 21, 2018

Action Photos
Team Photos
Schedule & Results
• Rosters

After the completion of preliminary round play at the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 National Championship that is taking place this weekend at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, just one team, Ariel Slow & Steady (5-0), remains undefeated, however, all 12 teams will have a chance to compete in the title game.

All games at the 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championships are free and open to the public.

The national championship games for men and women will be streamed live on beginning at 2:50 p.m. (all times listed are EDT).

While the top two finishing teams from each preliminary round group advanced directly to the quarterfinals, including Ariel Slow & Steady, Ariel Turtles (4-1), 3BALL Minnesota (3-2) and 3BALL Olympic Club (3-2), the third through sixth-place teams in each group will compete in quarterfinal play-in games.

At 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, Harlem (3-2) will face Shelton’s Soldiers (1-4) and WAC (3-2) will take on Savage Deaf Fellas (0-5); while at 11:40 a.m. Underdogs (3-2) will face Infinite Hoops Nation (2-3) and Roots Academy (3-2) plays ATG (0-5). The winners of those games will advance to meet either a first or second seed in the quarterfinals at 12:20 and 12:40 p.m.

“We are at elevation and the game is very, very fast-paced, so you have to be in shape,” said WAC’s Hans Gasser (Washington/Seattle, Wash.). “There is no jogging on defense.

“We have to figure out what works, strategy-wise. So, we will refine that and come back ready tomorrow.”

All of the teams are staying at the USOTC, where meals are included and athletes from any Olympic discipline might be training.

 “Playing five games in one day takes a lot out of you, but the competition has been great, a lot of good players here,” said Roots Academy’s Ryan McDade (Northern Arizona/Enumclaw, Wash.). “It is a great chance to come out and compete.

“Every team here is good. We could get beat by anybody, so we just want to come mentally prepared.”

The winning team at the USA Basketball 3x3 Men’s National Championship will earn a spot in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Mexico City Masters event, held Sept. 8-9.

Games are played under FIBA 3x3 rules and feature a 10-minute clock and 12-second shot clock. Other rules of note include: free throws and buckets inside the arc are worth one point and shots from beyond the arc are worth two points; the first team to 21 points or whichever team is ahead at the end of regulation play is the winner; and if the game ends in a tie, the first team to score two points in overtime wins. 

Related Tags:

Related Videos

Ahead of their start at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, check out some highlights of the USA team members from the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals!

Relive the 2019 gold medal game and see Ariel Slow & Steady win for a third straight year.

2019 women's and men's championship games, live from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

Highlights from the 2018 USA Basketball Men's and Women's 3x3 National Championship gold medal games that were held April 22, 2018.

Related Content

USA and Australian national teams are set to square off at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne and in front of the largest basketball crowds ever in Australia.

High school-age boys and girls will have the chance to take part in a USA Basketball Regional Camp Sept. 14-15 at St. Francis Preparatory School Fresh Meadows, New York.

Forty-four elite men’s and women’s teams turn out on path to find USA Basketball 3x3 national team players.

Post-practice comments from USA head coach Gregg Popovich and team members following the 2019 USA Men's National Team's first practice in Melbourne, Australia, on Monday evening.

Post-practice comments from USA head coach Gregg Popovich and team members following the 2019 USA Men's National Team's practice in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday afternoon.

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login

Forgot Password?