USA Takes Men's and Women's Stop 4 Titles at FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League
For the second time at the 2022 FIBA 3x3 U23 Nations League Americas conference, both the USA men’s and women’s 3x3 U23 Nations League teams swept their respective opponents for a Stop title in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Both teams defeated Venezuela on Wednesday as the women earned their fourth straight title and the men secured their second.
The trio of Aaliyah Moore, Maddy Siegrist and Alyssa Ustby had their way offensively against Puerto Rico in the women’s first pool play game of the day. Siegrist had a game-high eight points while Moore scored six and Utsby contributed five. A 5-1 start ballooned to 17-10 at the second media timeout and the USA closed out the victory moments later, 21-13.
The U.S. used another impressive run to close out Chile in the second game of pool play. The short-handed Chileans kept the game close, 8-5, at the midway point but then the USA scored 13 of the next 16 points of the contest to seal it. Siegrist led all scorers with 10 points.
The final showcased the defensive prowess of the red, white and blue. The USA never trailed in the game as the defense made every possession difficult for the Venezuelans. The U.S. forced six shot clock violations as each member of the team recorded at least one block. Maddy Westbeld led the U.S. with eight points in the 20-8 victory.
The men made quick work against Puerto Rico to begin their day. The 21-9 victory was highlighted by five two-pointers made by the Americans. Khalid Thomas had a game-high eight points while Bryce Butler chipped in five. The USA closed on a 12-2 run and ended the game with over two minutes remaining on the game clock.
In the second pool play game, the men overcame a stout Dominican Republic squad 17-16. With just a few minutes remaining, the Dominicans took their first lead of the game 11-10 on a two-pointer as the 12-second clock wound down. Bryce Butler quickly gave the USA the lead back with a two of his own. Both sides traded baskets for the remainder of the game with the scoring favoring the Americans as time expired.
The men’s final had a brief rain delay but the weather could not slow down the hot shooting performance from Thomas. He made three two-pointers on his way to lead the team with 10 points. Wallace scored eight points as the Americans jumped ahead of Venezuela 16-3 midway through. From there, the U.S. finished off their second title on a Wallace two-point shot.
The fifth of six Nations League Stops tips off on Thursday, Aug. 18, for the USA. The competition concludes on Aug. 19.
ABOUT FIBA 3x3 NATIONS LEAGUE
The FIBA 3x3 Nations League is comprised of 57 different national federations and 11 difference conferences. Each conference has six one-day events which includes daily pool play and final. Teams earn tour standing points after each one-day event. The best-ranked team in the standings after the sixth day are declared winners of their conference and qualify for the 2022 FIBA 3x3 Nations League Final in Constanta, Romania, on Sept. 14-16.
ABOUT FIBA 3X3
Different than five-on-five, 3x3 is played on a half-court with a 10-minute game clock and 12-second shot clock. Play is continuous, as teams “clear” the ball behind the 2-point line following a made basket, defensive rebound or steal. The first team to score 21 points via 1-pointer field goals or 2-pointers behind the arc is victorious; or if time expires then the team leading wins.