Davis, DeShields win gold at world 3-on-3 tournament

ALCOBENDAS, Spain — A year after receiving an honorary bronze medal at the FIBA three-on-three world championships, Kaela Davis finally got her gold.

Buford's Davis and Norcross' Diamond DeShields helped the USA National team to the U18 three-on-three world championship on Sunday in Spain.

"The feeling never gets old. It was a good experience to be able to come out and win the (U18) 3x3 (World Championship), especially after what happened last year," Davis said. "But like I said, it never gets old. It’ll always be a great feeling."

Davis and team USA were awarded the bronze last year after the team was injured and unable to play against Japan.

"Last year, being so close, it was hard," Davis said. "But, you can’t change what happened. No matter what, it was a really great experience and I had a ton of fun last year. But, this year I came back and had a really good reason to come back and play for the gold medal."

Davis and teammates DeShields, Erica McCall (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Brianna Turner (Pearland, Texas) rolled through the competition this year with a 7-1 record. Team USA defeated host Spain 21-13 in the finals.

It's the fourth gold medal for DeShields, a North Carolina commitment, in international competition.

"It feels great," DeShields said. "The feeling never gets old. You're a world champion of multiple competitions. It never feels the same. It's a different feeling because you work differently in each tournament, so I'm just really excited. I'm so happy that we got another gold medal."

DeShields led Norcross to a pair of state championships her freshman and sophomore year. The Blue Devils were knocked out in the semifinals last season. Norcross opens the season on Nov. 14 against defending state champion McEachern.

Davis committed to Tennessee in 2010, but re-opened her recruitment this spring after the retirement of longtime Vols coach Pat Summitt. Buford won state championships from 2009-11 and finished runner-up a season ago. The Wolves open their season Dec. 4 against Southwest Atlanta Christian.