Force 10 Becomes First Two-Time Women’s Champions of USA Basketball’s Red Bull 3X Qualifiers
3x3 Triple Header Rolls Through Seattle, New Orleans and Salt Lake City with 60 Teams and 200+ Players in Action
Sixty men’s and women’s teams took to half court play in three major metro areas this past weekend as the search continues on the path to identify USA Basketball’s national team athletes.
In Seattle, Red Bull 3X history was made by Force 10, the first independently owned professional women’s 3x3 team, which took its second title after winning the Denver qualifier two weeks ago. Before reaching the finals, the team pulled off a stunning comeback in the semifinals, pulling themselves up from an 8-2 deficit. The team tied the score at 10-10 with :37 left on the clock before finishing off BBB by a score of 12-10. The finale versus Double Dribblers was less anxiety-ridden, as Force 10 used suffocating defense and strong rebounding to win 21-14.
Founded by Force 10 Sports Management, owners of the Seattle Storm, the Force 10 squad of Cierra Burdick, Linnae Harper, Megan Huff and Alexis Peterson also made the final four at the Brooklyn and Oakland qualifiers in the past month.
“We stopped all the one-on-one play and focused on not trying to do too much,” saidHuff of Force 10. “Our chemistry is getting better and now we are off to Houston for the next Red Bull 3X qualifier.”
On the men’s side in Seattle, it was a battle to the end between Nanooks and Town Business. Tied 18-18 with two minutes left, Town Business took the lead 20-19 before Nanooks dropped in a 2-point dagger with time expiring to clinch a 21-20 title win.
“We all played college ball and I also played in some FIBA 3x3 tournaments,” said Brandon Davis of Nanooks. The other team was really athletic, but we made some big-time 2s.”
In Salt Lake City, the men’s finale went into overtime, with Da Bears winning 11-9 versus Mugshots in a super competitive and physical match-up.
“All of our families were here, and it was fun having them cheer us on,” said Carsen Williams of Da Bears. “It helped that we stayed very confident even though we were down at the end. We all played together growing up in Orem (Utah) since fifth grade.”
In the women’s finale, 2-pointers were the name of the game, with Deathly Hallows pulling out a fast-paced 21-18 win over Why Not?.
“It took us a while to get used to the format, especially the live ball rule after someone scores,” said Mindy Bonham of Deathly Hallows. “Personally, I love 3x3 more than five-on-five basketball. You can be more creative.”
In New Orleans, an overtime nail-biter ended in a 16-14 victory for Da Set over Da Ballers. There were several lead changes throughout the game, and with :45 left and the score tied 14-14, Da Ballers missed three inside chances as regulation play ended. A 2-pointer from deep in overtime by Da Set clinched the victory.
“We all played college ball and have known each other as long as we can remember growing up in the Kenner (Louisiana) area,” said Kenyon Harper of Da Set. “We’re from a small town and ready to represent Louisiana in a big way.”
11 Red Bull 3X qualifiers are in the books, with 11 more to come, including Houston on August 17. These qualifying tournaments across the country will help identify the players who could potentially represent USA Basketball’s men’s and women’s 3x3 national teams.
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.
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 (Seattle) – WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Force 10 – Cierra Burdick, Linnae Harper, Megan Huff, Alexis Peterson
- Double Dribblers – Charmaine Barlow, Taylor Buie, Ali Forde, Taylor Peacocke
RED BULL 3X (Seattle) – MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Nanooks – Brandon Davis, Juwan Buchanan, Badhasa Margarsa, Zach Pederson
- Town Business – Bradley Derrick, Kevin Kemp, Reginald Robinson, Jameel Shareef,
RED BULL 3X (Salt Lake City) – WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Deathly Hallows – Mindy Bonham, Jennifer Hamson, Elisha Harris, Brittan Parker
- Why Not? – Ashley Jones, Sidni Johnson, Lori Parkinson, Lindy Whitley
RED BULL 3X (Salt Lake City) – MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Da Bears – Spencer John Conrad, Ryan Warner, Carsen Williams,
- Mugshots – Lawrence Borha, Marcus Bryce, Garrett Harding, Earl Lee Smith
RED BULL 3X (New Orleans) – MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Da Set – Kenyon Harper, Marquise Harris, Jeremy Johnson, Eugene Nicholas
- Da Ballers – Tray Dunn, Jeremy Martin, Langston Nolley, Demetrice Terrell
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