Bay Area Elite Turn Out in Oakland for USA Basketball’s Red Bull 3X Qualifier
28 Men’s and Women’s Teams Battle in 3x3 Play on Journey to Identify USA Basketball National Team Players; Milwaukee Qualifier Canceled Due to Weather Conditions
It was a family affair in Oakland, as longtime friends and foes took center stage in a hotly contested qualifier at Soldiertown Gym as Red Bull 3X continues to roll through the country on the path to USA Basketball glory.
It was a reunion of sorts in the women’s finale, as players from both team have known each other for years, some as far back as elementary school while growing up in the local community. In the end, Bay Area Hoopers took the crown over Coast to Coast by a score of 18-15. It was a 10-10 tie with 2:30 left on the clock, before Jazmine Perkins took the game over with dribble drives and elite shooting from deep. All the players from both sides played NCAA Division 1 college basketball and have competed with and against each other for years. On the winning team, Perkins played at Washington State, Jazmine Jackson at Pepperdine University, Kamilah Jackson at University of Hawaii, and KC Waters at UC Berkeley.
“We didn’t realize so many players we knew would be here, so it definitely added something personal to have familiar faces all around,” said Perkins of Bay Area Hoopers. “We didn’t panic when the games got tight, just focused on playing good defense and kicking it out to the open player.”
The women’s bracket also featured Force 10, the first independently owned professional women’s 3x3 team, which was founded by Force 10 Sports Management, owners of the Seattle Storm. They lost in a tight semifinal match versus the eventual champion Bay Area Hoopers by a score of 10-9. The women on the Force 10 3×3 roster are Cierra Burdick, Linnae Harper, Megan Huff and Alexis Peterson, all of whom have WNBA experience. It will be a homecoming for Force 10 with the next qualifier hitting Seattle this coming weekend as the search continues to help identify the players who could potentially represent USA Basketball on future men’s and women’s 3x3 national teams.
On the men’s side in Oakland, 3BALL Oakland relied on elite outside shooting and the ability to break down defenders to take out Out of Shape by a score of 14-8. The champions were led by Juan Toscano Anderson, who played for Marquette and has experience with the Santa Cruz Warriors, a G League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors. The Bay Area native played his high school ball at Castro Valley High, where he led his team to league and sectional titles his senior year.
“We’ve all known each other since we were kids and we have no problem being honest with each other,” said Anderson of 3BALL OAKLAND. “I wanted to put together a versatile team, and we won because we have four scorers and no egos.”
The Red Bull 3X qualifier in Milwaukee was stopped for safety during pool play action due to rain and lightning in the area. Final standings for the Milwaukee event will be based on games played and announced in the coming week.
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.
The winning teams at these qualifiers will have an opportunity of advancing to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals this fall, and then to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals in March 2020, which will be used to select the 2020 USA men’s and women’s 3x3 national teams.
RED BULL 3X (Oakland, Calif.)
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Bay Area Hoopers – Jazmine Jackson, Kamilah Jackson, Jazmine Perkins, KC Waters
- Coast to Coast – Raquel Avila, Oderah Chidom, Charlee Jones, Nnenna Okereke
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- 3BALL OAKLAND – Hameed Ali, Juan Toscano Anderson, Davion Berry, Rohndell Goodwin
- Out of Shape – Julian Conyers, Tommy Gard, Devonte Thomas, Demar Walton
For more information, please visit www.redbull.com/3X.