Locals eye TNT 3-on-3 crown-A A +A
Friday, March 14, 2014
THIRTY-TWO local teams vie for honors as the 1st Talk N’ Text National 3-on-3 challenge formally opens today at the Engineer’s Hill covered court.
Presented by the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas backed by telecommunication firm Talk N’ Text in cooperation with the MVP group of companies, the two day basketball tournament will serve as a pre-FIBA world cup hype for the Gilas National Team.
SBP North Central Luzon head and tournament director Danny Soria said the first ever nationwide sport spectacle is seen as a potential medal event in the Olympic in the future.
“After successfully hosting the FIBA Asia last year, FIBA asked SBP to have a national 3-on-3 competition as they see our country to be the host for 2015’s 3x3 under 18 World Championships,” Soria said.
“We give credit sa Philippine team of Kobe Paras, Thirdy Ravena, Prince Rivero, and Alvin Tolentino. Because of winning last year’s same contest kaya mayroong ganitong event which we are holding nationwide,” Soria added.
In 2013, the young Pinoy’s four-man squad rattled off six straight victories, including a win over a much taller, unbeaten Chinese squad in the semi-finals and a tight decision over India in the finals to win the championship.
Soria added the partnership with the MVP group of companies, SBP sees the event as one of the grassroots program to promote basketball.
“With this we will try to preserve ang raw skills na nasa mga kabataan today, actually as easy as it is streetball naman talaga ang adopted way of play ng mga kabataan natin.” Soria said.
“Actually mahirap na makabuo ng mga competitions na 5-0n-5 ang laban, usually na-spoil ang mga talent ng bata unlike kapag ganito every member can really showcase kung anong skills mayroon sila,” Soria added.
Teams will be grouped into eight divisions composed of four teams who will battle in a round robin format in the two-day sport contest.
Local ballers from the Baguio City National High School, Saint Louis University, University of the Cordilleras, University of Baguio, Mt. Carmel Montessori, Berkely School Baguio, Fort Del Pilar High School, and other city ballers will participate in the competition.
The tournament’s champion will win P10,000 in cash price and will have an all-expense paid trip and chance to compete in the national finals facing 19 other teams from all over the country this coming May.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 15, 2014.