SLU Cubs opens bid in TNT 3x3 nationals

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Friday, May 23, 2014


SAINT Louis University Laboratory High School Cubs will open their bid this Saturday and Sunday at the Pearl Sports Complex, Harrison Plaza in Manila as the National Finals of the 1st Talk N’ Text 3-on-3 challenge kicks off.

Emerging as the best three-man junior cager team in the city earlier last March, SLU-LHS Cubs will face- 19 other squads from across the country as they eye to take home the tourney’s crown.

According to Samuel Tadeo, head coach of the SLU-LHS Cubs, they improved the streetball playing skills of their players prior to the competition.

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He added that since they expect a taller competition for the nationals, they focused on improving advantages against their opponents particularly on speed and ballgame executions.

"If the boys can be quicker in moving sa half-court baka maging edge natin yun since streetball ang rule of play dito, I hope we can progress sa haba ng preparation that we had," Tadeo said.

The four-man team of Galo Berlyn Garlejo, Jay Atijera, Ian Chester Anis, and Arvin Miko Daniel are set to challenge other squads from the five different sub-regions of the country sanctioned by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas scheduled May 24-25.

According to the organizers, the 1st TNT 3x3 streetball challenge will serve as a pre-FIBA world cup hype for the Gilas National Team.

Backed by FIBA, the international governing body for basketball, in partnership with the SBP and sponsored by the MVP Group of Companies, the sports event is a part of the grassroots program in promoting basketball in the country.

According to SBP North Central Luzon Head and tournament director for the event Danny Soria, 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.

Other teams playing in the event includes Cauayan City in Isabela, Dagupan City, Olongapo City, Ilo-ilo City, Tanauan in Batangas, Cebu City, Naga City, Lucena City, Sta. Rosa in Laguna, Kidapawan City in Cotabato, Zamboanga City, Davao City, Cagayan De Oro City, Bacolod City, NCR-Central, NCR-South, NCR-PNG, NCR-North, and Ormoc City.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 24, 2014.

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