Force 10 Takes Third Championship Crown At USA Basketball’s Red Bull 3X Qualifier
A Weekend of 3x3 Triple Header Highlights from Phoenix, Cleveland and Raleigh
With the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals kicking off in September and the search continuing to find the best 3x3 players leading into next summer’s national team competitions, 82 men’s and women’s teams took to half court play this past weekend in three major metros fighting for official USA Basketball points.
The action was highlighted by Force 10 in Raleigh, North Carolina, which took its third Red Bull 3X women’s crown, after also winning in Denver and Seattle. As the first independently owned professional women’s 3x3 team, Force 10 beat Just Hoop 12-8, a squad that had gone undefeated through the day’s action while relying on long-distance 2-pointers. In the final however, stifling defense at the 2-point line was the key factor in Force 10’s victory.
“We’ve been playing since the beginning of July, so understanding it’s a grind, especially when you have to play back to back,” said Alexis Peterson of Force 10. “Championship games come down to defense and getting stops, and trying to maximize your possessions as much as possible.”
On the men’s side in Raleigh, No Mad Hoops defeated Shooters Gone Shoot 23-18 in a high scoring affair, after losing to them earlier in the day during pool play. Both teams had to win overtime thrillers in the semifinals to get to the title game.
“We travel a lot and have no home court, but we’ll take yours,” Lorenzo Baxter of No Mad Hoops pointedly stated. “3x3 is a legitimate game. You’re competing for a gold and this is just the beginning.”
In Phoenix, the women’s division came down to Leesha’s Laudies and LA Premier, with the defense of LA Premier being the difference in its 21-7 victory. The four members of the team came in with strong college and professional overseas experience.
“Obviously defense is key to winning championships,” said Brianna Barrett of LA Premier. “But it helps that we’re familiar with the 3x3 format and have taken the time to really learn the rules. We definitely used that to our advantage in the way we approached the game.”
On the men’s side, the PHX Red Bulls rolled to victory over Squad United by a score of 16-13, with a number of family members in the stands showing support. The PHX Red Bulls were new to the 3x3 tournament format but were able to capitalize on their superior 2-point shooting skills.
“It was just fun to be out here hooping in front of our families and babies,” said Devon Greene of PHX Red Bulls. “We’re just doing what we love and trying to inspire the next generation.”
In Cleveland’s women’s division, COUNT IT beat TWOSIX by a score of 13-10, leveraging their size and strength to pull away by scoring the last five points of the game. The team was led by Crystal Bradford, a former Central Michigan player who was drafted 7th overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2015. The members of the winning team have all competed professionally overseas, but this was the first time they came together as a unit.
“We met overseas, and when you play overseas you kind of become a family with other USA players,” said Karisma Penn of COUNT IT. “I had no issue hitting them up to form a team and play.”
On the men’s side, Team Brick beat Over Everything by a score of 21-15 in a high intensity match due to them all knowing each other from the local basketball scene. It was also sweet revenge for the winning team, which lost in pool play by one point to Over Everything. The champs all played professionally overseas and met through through a Pro Am in Columbus, Ohio.
“We’ve never played this style of 3x3, so we watched throughout the day and used what we learned in the championship game,” said Cordaryl Ballard of Team Brick. “It’s like a transition drill after you score. You can’t find your man, you need to find the person closest to you.”
With 16 qualifiers down and six 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 in 2020. The action continues this coming weekend in Dallas and registration is open 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 September 2019, and then to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals in April 2020, which will be used to select the USA men’s and women’s 3x3 national teams.
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.
RED BULL 3X (Raleigh, N.C.) – WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Force 10 – Cierra Burdick, Briana Day, Alexa Middleton, Alexis Peterson
- Just Hoop – J'Kyra Brown, Alexandra Hart, Akela Maize
RED BULL 3X (Raleigh, N.C.) – MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- NO MAD HOOPS –Lorenzo Baxter, Chris Carter, Anton Gill, Shawan Robinson
- Shooters Gone Shoot --- Langton Nolley, Demetrius Terrell, Montrayvius Dunn, Jeremy Martin
RED BULL 3X (Phoenix) – WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- LA Premier – Jordan Adams, Candice Agee, Brianna Barrett, Teara Laudermill
- Leesha’s Laudies – Hillary Bratlien, Kirtsten Jenner, Alicia Sanchez
RED BULL 3X (Phoenix) – MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- PHX Red Bulls – Jordan Baker, Devon Greene, Josh Johnson, Salomon Silverio
- Squad United – Daniel Bejarano, Tevin Kelly, Johnathan Matthews, Brendon Pineda-Morales
RED BULL 3X (Cleveland) – WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- COUNT IT -- Crystal Bradford, Jazmyne Frost, Bria Goss, Karisma Penn
- TWOSIX – Zipporah Barnes, Catherine Cain, Lydia McCully, Martha Nagbe
RED BULL 3X (Cleveland) – MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Team Brick – Cordaryl Ballard, Jenisys Battle, Richie Gordon, Cameron Vines,
- Over Everything – Jordan Barham, Matthew Csuhran, Jesse Hardin, Nick Harney
For more information, please visit www.redbull.com/3X