Atlanta Hoopers Shine at USA Basketball's Last Red Bull 3X Qualifier of the Season
USA Basketball’s 2022 Red Bull 3X qualifier season came to a dramatic end in Austell, Georgia on Saturday with Elite Beauties and Ball is Life Midwest winning the women’s and men’s divisions to clinch spots at the upcoming Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regional Finals.
In the women’s tournament, Elite Beauties rose to the top amongst a five-team field that included WNBA players and former collegiate athletes. They defeated We’re Here by a score of 20-11 in the final game of the women’s tournament. The winning squad was made up of a dynamic foursome of Kiara Leslie, Akela Maize, Britney Wright and Alexandra “Lex” Hart.
On the men’s side, rivalries ran deep as Georgia Fire and Ball is Life Midwest faced off in the finals, their third time meeting since 2021. With fifty seconds left on the clock, Ball is Life Midwest closed the gap and took the title with a final score of 22-19. The point-for-point game was a chance for redemption for Ball is Life Midwest, as they fell short to Georgia Fire at last weekends Red Bull 3X qualifier in Washington D.C.
“When it comes down to the last bucket, it's all about trusting each other at the end - everyone doing their part, and finishing the day undefeated,” said Adrian Miller of Ball is Life Midwest.
As the winning teams, Elite Beauties and Ball is Life Midwest each take home a $3,500 prize purse. The top four men’s and women’s teams also advance to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regional in either Los Angeles (Sept. 24) or New York (Oct 8). These teams will also have a shot to play at the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals in the spring, which will be used to evaluate members for the USA men’s and women’s 3x3 national teams.
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