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Team Princeton Become First Back-To-Back Champs As USA Basketball’s Red Bull 3X Qualifiers Roll On

  • Date:
    Jul 28, 2019

Over the Weekend, 56 Elite Men’s and Women’s 3x3 Teams Turn Out in Philadelphia and Denver

After taking the Red Bull 3X qualifier crown last weekend in Brooklyn, Team Princetontraveled down the I-95 to Philadelphia and took out Hard to Guard21-15 in the championship with a similar recipe of sharp shooting and savvy experience to earn official USA Basketball points.  

“We won last weekend, so we were coming in with some confidence,” said Team Princeton’s Ben Hazel. “But the teams were really coming after us and it was a grind.  In the end, we were happy with the result.”

On the women’s side in Denver, an overtime heave from deep by Megan Huff clinched a thrilling win for Force 10 in the women’s semifinal match of Red Bull 3X, headlining a competitive and physical weekend in the Mile High city. Force 10 avenged a semifinal loss at last weekend’s Brooklyn qualifier. The team, founded by the owners of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and proud to be the first independently owned professional women’s 3x3 team in the USA, beat Stars & Stripesin the finale by a score of 14-8, a team that lost in the finals of the Brooklyn qualifier last weekend and includes current Division 1 players from UCLA, Oregon State, Maryland and Texas. 

“Force 10 was created to get the word out about women’s basketball and 3x3,” said team member Cierra Burdick. “I think a lot of people are going to fall in love with the game of 3x3 once they start watching it.”

On the men’s side in Denver, Treyball Minnesotatook gold over KINGZ21-15 in a physical and spirited finale, owing their victory to having experience in 3x3 tournaments.

“We’ve all been playing for so long, it was easy to get the rules,” said Treyball’s Kurtis Koenig. “The main factor today was our fitness. Playing eight games basically back to back was really challenging, so we just had to play smart.”

On the women’s side in Philadelphia, it was the local favorite Team Nova- made up of former college players from Villanova and Penn State - beating TA Nineby a score of 17-12.

The rules and style of play was unique, and players slowly got accustomed to the official FIBA rules that will be in place for the Olympics next summer.  

“It was a lot different spacing wise, and the shot clock was quick,” said Maggie Lucas, a former star at Villanova and a veteran of WNBA ball. “We were all a little humbled by our conditioning, it was faster than we were used to.”

3x3 is played on a half court with a 10-minute game clock and 12-second shot clock, where thewinner is the first team to score 21 points or the team in the lead at the end of the 10-minute regulation. 

With six qualifiers down and 16 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. Milwaukee and Oakland host the next qualifiers on August 3, 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 - Philadelphia



  1. Team Nova – Laura Kurz, Alex Louin, Maggie Lucas, Mimi Riley
  2. TA Nine – Corin Adams, Danaejah Grant, Alyssa Lawrence, Jade Walker



  1. Team Princeton – Craig Moore, Nate Brown, Ben Hazel, Pawel Buczak
  2. Hard to Guard – Tyrone Hill, Sherman Brittingham, Joseph Newton, Tayron Thomas


RED BULL 3X - Denver



  1. Force 10 - Cierra Burdick, Linnae Harper, Megan Huff, Alexis Peterson
  2. Stars & Stripes – Destiny Slocum, Kaila Charles, Charli Collier, Michaela Onyenwere



  1. Treyball Minnesota - Brensley Haywood, Kurtis Koenig, Luke Settergren
  2. KINGZ – Demetrius Miller, Jonathon Morse, Michael Morse


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