By Rey Joble

PHL to host FIBA 3x3 World Championship in 2017 -- Pangilinan

Posted on August 04, 2015

AFTER successfully staging pit stops of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour, Manuel V. Pangilinan, president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, confirmed the Philippines’ hosting of the 3x3 2017 World Championship.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Manuel V. Pangilinan presents the symbolic cheque to the NoviSad Al Wahda team which defeated Manila North in the finals of the Manila Masters of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour. Mr. Pangilinan assured that the Philippines will host the FIBA 3x3 World Championship in 2017. -- Rey Joble
“Sa 2017 we will host the World 33 Championship,” Mr. Pangilinan said. “This year is in Abu Dhabi, 2016 hindi ko pa alam, but 2017 Manila will host it.”

The Philippines staged yet another big turnout in one of the legs of this FIBA 3x3 World Tour as the Robinsons Place Manila has been packed with crowd over the weekend.

It was a fitting follow up to last year’s hosting at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall when the Philippines’ Manila West team bannered by Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, KG Cañaleta and Aldrech Ramos of NLEX and Rey Guevarra of Meralco won the title.

This year, the Manila North squad spearheaded by Calvin Abueva and Vic Manuel of Alaska Aces, Karl Dehesa of the Mahindra Enforcers and top rookie aspirant Troy Rosario reached the finals, but eventually bowed to the more superior reigning champion NoviSad Al Wahda.

Nevertheless, Team Manila North has booked a seat to the World Championship and earned the right to represent the country in the grand finale in October in Abu Dhabi.

It’s a moment Messrs. Dehesa and Rosario, both first timers in the tournament, would like to cherish.

“I’d like to show to everyone how big the heart of a Filipino is,” Mr. Rosario told BusinessWorld in an exclusive interview. “We’re going to go out there and compete. It’s a great feeling we’re in the world stage.”

Mr. Dehesa, a Fil-American player who represented the Sinag Pilipinas squad in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games, takes pride of representing the country anew.

“It feels good to represent the Philippines anew. But we’re not done yet. We’ll try to go out there and win the world championship,” added Mr. Dehesa.

Head coach Eric Altamirano, who’s been handling the Pinoy 3x3 squad for the past two years, believes this current group has a good chance of winning the title and making changes won’t be necessary.

“I think we have a shot with this team. I think they will be able to represent themselves well. These guys are good post defenders. This is one thing going for them heading to the FIBA World,” said Mr. Altamirano.