SANTO DOMINGO (Dominican Republic) - Powerhouse USA men's and women's teams dominated the FIBA 3x3 Nations League Americas Conference on August 13-19 to book tickets to the Nations League Final in Constanta, Romania, on September 14-16.
USA men's were pushed in the opening three Stops with host Dominican Republic and Venezuela (of conference top scorer Wilkerman Gomez) also claiming victories.
But the red, white and blue got going when they needed to as they claimed the final three Stops to finish well clear of the field. Keaton Wallace, who has shown flashes on the World Tour with Washington DC, led the team in scoring.
In an eye-catching performance among stars, USA's Eric Dixon made the paint his personal playground as the 21-year-old played bully ball down low.
In the women's, USA were flawless with 18 straight Ws to win all six Stops and finish a whopping 180 points ahead of second best Venezuela.
They had a major scare in the final of Stop 1 before overcoming Argentina 18-17 in a thriller but they were rarely threatened after that.
USA fired on all cylinders and showcased all their tricks, especially conference top scorer Maddy Siegrist and towering 20-year-old Alyssa Ustby who perfected the one-legged fadeaway.
1. USA 550 points
2. Dominican Republic 420
3. Puerto Rico 415
4. Venezuela 405
5. Argentina 330
1. USA 600 points
2. Venezuela 420
3. Argentina 410
4. Puerto Rico 410
5. Chile 305
The Nations League makes a quick return on August 23-25 with Stops 4-6 of U21 Europe West in Voiron.