SBP 3-on-3 for U18 set

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Monday, February 24, 2014


SAMAHANG Basketbol ng Pilipinas will be staging a National 3-on-3 U18 Basketball Tournament – with provincial qualifying to take center stage this April, Executive Director Sonny Barrios disclosed Friday in Bacolod City.

Barrios said that they are now finalizing details of the tournament with SBP-Region 6 Director Robert Uy and SBP-Negros Occidental chief Anthony Carlo Agustin.

“The SBP Board in our November board meeting has approved that the centerpiece grassroots development program in basketball is the 3-on-3. Fiba World is pushing hard this event and in the Fiba-Asia, it’s the Philippines they want to be in the forefront of the 3-on-3,” he added.

“They find it as a big goal to popularize basketball globally like soccer [football] which is the No. 1 team sports in the world. They know that soccer got popular with street soccer in places like Brazil or Mexico where kids kick around in open spaces,” Barrios stressed.

“We, on the other hand, played the same [basketball] in streets, parking lots, drive ways or vacant lots, among others,” he added.

Barrios said another board meeting will be held on February 28 to discuss the national championship for 3-on-3.

Since it’s a pilot program, 16 provincial teams from across the country and four from the National Capital Region will complete the 20 squads for the national finals which will be staged in Manila, he said.

For provincial eliminations, SBP requires each location to have a minimum of 32 teams.

“And since it is 3-on-3, matches can be played 10 minutes per game – allowing two games to be played in two courts simultaneously. You can finish the tournament in one weekend alone. If you want all the games done in one day, you can spend 12 hours or have it in two days,” Barrios said.

He added that the Philippines will also host the Fiba 3-on-3 for Asia-Pacific, which includes New Zealand and Australia, on July 19-20. Fiba Secretary-General Patrick Bauhman called SBP President Manny V. Pangilinan following the country’s remarkable hosting of the last Fiba-Asia.

“They were amazed with how the Philippines hosted it. Likewise, it was only in the Philippines where they saw a jampacked crowd making waves,” Barrios said. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 24, 2014.

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