Brooklyn’s Finest on Display at USA Basketball’s Red Bull 3X Qualifier
36 Men’s and Women’s Teams Represent Brooklyn as the Journey Continues to Identify USA Basketball’s 3x3 National Team Players
An overtime thriller on the women’s side and veteran 3x3 experience on the men’s side were the storylines at the Red Bull 3X qualifier in Brooklyn on the path to USA Basketball gold.
In the women’s bracket, elite current and former college players took center stage, with Team Underrated beating Stars & Stripes 15-14 in overtime. The winning team included Amani Tatum, formerly of Manhattan College, Cori Coleman, who played at Cleveland State, and Cali Taylors. Tatum and Coleman grew up together in the same New York borough and relied on their 3x3 street ball experience.
“When we play at the park, it’s 3x3,” said Tatum.” This is what we do every day. We ball out and we have shooters.”
The Stars & Stripes team, which came back from a 6-0 deficit to tie the game 13-13 at the end of regulation, included current Division 1 players from UCLA, Oregon State, Maryland and Texas. In overtime, the teams exchanged one-point buckets before a whistle call on a jump shot led to a game clinching free throw by Team Underrated.
The women’s bracket also included the first independently owned professional women’s 3x3 team, which was founded by Force 10 Sports Management, owners of the Seattle Storm. The women signed to the Force 10 3×3 roster are Cierra Burdick, Alexis Peterson, Linnae Harper and Megan Huff, all of whom have WNBA experience.
On the men’s side, Team Princeton, which has been a force on the USA Basketball 3x3 circuit for years, relied on sharp shooting from distance to dismantle the competition, capping the day with a 21-10 victory over Combos Court. All four winning players live in New York and played Division 1 basketball, with Craig Moore of Northwestern fame leading the way by draining several 2-point baskets. Other players on the team included former Lehigh hoopster Gabe Knutson, and Ben Hazel and Pawel Buczak who both played their college ball at Princeton.
“3x3 basketball was a training tool for us at Princeton, as it allowed us to practice isolating parts of our offense and making the right read,” said Team Princeton member Hazel. “We know how to play this style of ball and we take pride in representing ourselves well here.”
3x3 is played on a half court with a 10-minute game clock and 12-second shot clock, where the winner is the first team to score 21 points or the team in the lead at the end of the 10-minute regulation.
With four qualifiers down and 18 to go, the search continues to help identify the players who could potentially represent USA Basketball’s men’s and women’s 3x3 national teams. Philadelphia and Denver host the next set of qualifiers on July 27, and registration is open now on the men’s and women’s side.
The winning teams at these qualifiers will have an opportunity of advancing to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals in the Fall of 2019, and then to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals in March 2020, which will be used to select the USA men’s and women’s 3x3 national teams.
RED BULL 3X - BROOKLYN
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Underrated – Cori Coleman, Amani Tatum, Cali Taylors
- Stars & Stripes – Destiny Slocum, Kaila Charles, Charli Collier, Michaela Onyenwere
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Team Princeton – Craig Moore, Gabe Knutson, Ben Hazel, Pawel Buczak
- Combos Court – Max Dolgin, Andrew Salop, Antwan Wilkerson, Aleksandar Isailovic
For more information, please visit www.redbull.com/3X.