Friday, November 19, 2021

PBA Launching 3x3 BASKETBALL Tournament SATURDAY


While basketball remains one of the top sports for Philippine sporting audiences, they have long been exposed to and enjoy watching variations to the game. One notable variant is 3x3, or half-court three-on-three basketball. A study sponsored by the International Olympic Committee argues that this is the largest urban team sport worldwide. Originally played with loose rules, organized 3x3 basketball 2 with standard rules took off in the late 2000s. It finally made its Olympic debut in Tokyo this past July 2021. The Philippines already has a pro 3x3 league sponsored by Chooks-to-Go, but national league the PBA has been working on its own edition that will launch this weekend.

GMA News reports that the Philippine Basketball Association is set to inaugurate its 3x3 basketball league this coming Saturday, November 20. For its first tournament, the 3x3 tilt will divide the teams into three pools, with placement for knockout depending on wins, head-to-head record, points scored and initial seeding. The initial 13 teams are composed of 10 spinoffs from the official PBA teams (though a few have altered their names), plus three guest squads. Each team will have six players, ensuring a substitute for each man active on the half-court.

Of the three team groupings, Pool A will have five squads while Pools B and C will have four. The teams are classified as thus:

Pool A

  • Limitless Appmasters (Phoenix LPG)
  • Platinum Karaoke (guest squad)
  • Purefoods TJ Titans (Magnolia)
  • TNT Tropang Giga
  • Zamboanga Valientes (guest squad from Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3)

Pool B

  • Barangay Ginebra
  • Meralco Bolts
  • Sista Super Sealers (Rain or Shine)
  • Terrafirma Dyip

Pool C

  • CAVITEX Braves (NLEX Road Warriors)
  • NorthPort Batang Pier
  • Pioneer Pro Tibay (guest squad)
  • San Miguel Beermen

It goes without saying that the debut of the PBA 3x3 basketball tournament was fraught with problems. The original launch season of 2020 never materialized for obvious reasons. Then again, the time lost to the pandemic managed to go into more planning by the league to make their first official 3x3 foray a success. "Basically, we planned this for two years and finally, we're launching it and hopefully, we can make this a regular event," says Alaska Aces governor Dickie Bachmann, who is also serving as 3x3 Chairman.

The inaugural PBA 3x3 basketball tournament will start at 2PM Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. The first three games will be between Zamboanga Valientes and Platinum Karaoke, followed by Barangay Ginebra against Sista Super Sealers, and finally CAVITEX versus Pioneer Pro Tibay.

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