THE local basketball scene gets added dimension with the start this weekend of the Kings of Threes three-point shootout competition.
A year-round tournament which is sanctioned by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), Kings of Threes is open to the young and old, rookies and pros and individuals and teams, with cash prizes at stake and, more importantly, the right to be called the kings from beyond the arc.
Brought to Manila by Buendia Food by the Court and Taft Food by the Court, in cooperation with Dayo, a soon-to-be-launched online-based app targeting basketball-loving Filipinos, the about-to-open three-point shootout competition is to be played from May till August and interchangeably between the courts set up at the Buendia and Taft food courts in Makati and Pasay, respectively.
Monthly champions will take home P10,000 (Individual) and P20,000 (Team) and a ticket to the grand championship where P100,000 will be given to the individual category winner and P200,000 to the team category victor.
To join the competition one must be at least 14 years old and pay a P500 registration fee for the individual category which will be inclusive of a tournament shirt.
For those joining the group category, each team must have five members of at least 14 years old plus two alternates and must pay the registration fee (inclusive of shirts) of P2,000.
Those interested may register at the venue where they wish to compete.
Organizers of the event and GAB said part of the aim of Kings of Threes is to celebrate the game of basketball as well as create a platform to identify and license professional three-point shooters in the country.
The Kings of Threes will have its opening ceremony on Saturday, May 19, at 4 p.m. at the Taft Food by the Court with Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and GAB Chairman Baham Mitra among the VIPs expected to grace the event.
For more information on the tournament, visit the Facebook pages of Buendia Food by the Court, Taft Food by the Court and Dayo. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo