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USA Basketball and Red Bull Crown First of Four Regional 3x3 Men’s and Women’s Champs

  • Date:
    Sep 8, 2019

Team Princeton and Splash Sisters Take Thrillers in Chicago; New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles Highlight Next Three Weekends in Search of 3x3 Olympic Hopefuls

Half-court action is intensifying to find elite 3x3 players to potentially represent USA Basketball at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, should the U.S. qualify.

At the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals today at Northeastern Illinois University, reigning 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup MVP Robbie Hummel led a Team Princeton come back from a 17-14 deficit, hitting clutch 2-pointers as part of an unanswered 7-0 run to win 21-17 over a gritty 3BALL Chicago team that had taken the qualifier title in Chicago a day earlier.

“It’s funny how basketball works. I didn’t make a lot of 2’s until the semifinals,” said Hummel. “It’s a credit to my team who found me open, and the ball was going in.”

Both Hummel and Craig Moore of Team Princeton came into today’s regional action ranked among the top 10 U.S. players in FIBA’s 3x3 world rankings. Another six players from the USA’s top 70 were also on display, including Canyon Barry of Gator Elite, who won gold alongside Hummel at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup and is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry.

On the women’s side, Splash Sisters relied on 2-point buckets to roll through the bracket and punch their ticket to the 2020 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals with a 18-15 victory over Glitter Gang. It was a flood of 2-pointers from all over the court for the group of women, some of whom played basketball at Yale in the Ivy League but were not accustomed to this game format.

“We’ve never played in a 3x3 tournament until this weekend,” said Martha Glodz. “We just wanted to win one game, and now we are on our way to nationals.”

In all, 18 elite men’s and women’s teams based on points accumulated in the 3X Midwest Region, which was comprised of Red Bull 3X qualifier action in Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland and Milwaukee, made their way to the inaugural Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals today, along with three wildcard teams determined by USA Basketball. Teams earned a spot by placing in the top four of one of the Red Bull 3X qualifiers or by winning other tournaments.

The 3X Regionals are free and open to the public. Additionally, games will be streamed on Twitch at Twitch.tv/NBA.

The players are competing to accumulate enough individual FIBA points with the goal of moving on to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals in April 2020, where 24 men’s and 24 women’s teams will be on display. From that event, USA Basketball will select four players — not necessarily all from one championship team — for the men’s and women’s teams that will play in Tokyo less than a year from now, should the USA qualify, as 3x3 makes its Olympic debut.

WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET

  1. Splash Sisters – Martha Glodz, Jodi Marver, Lena Munzer, Haywood Wright
  2. Glitter Gang – Ruvanna Campbell, Eriel Davis, Raven Gary Williams, Cheshi Poston

MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET

  1. Team Princeton –Nate Brown, Pawel Buczak, Robbie Hummel, Craig Moore
  2. 3BALL Chicago – Anthony Bennett, Stephon Hannah, Anthony Spencer, Rashaun Stimage

Here is the upcoming schedule for the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals:

September 14 || New York || Queens College
September 21 || Atlanta || Core4
September 29 || Los Angeles || Venice Beach

The 2020 Summer Olympics 3x3 competition will be played on a half court with a 10-minute game clock and 12-second shot clock. The winner is the first team to 21 points or the team in the lead at the end of the 10-minute regulation.

For more information, visit redbull.com/3X.

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