UP-AND-COMING women’s 3×3 basketball players in the country converged at the weekend for the second edition of the SBP-Smart 3×3 women’s tournament.
Held at the Meralco Orange Fit Center in Ortigas, Pasig, last Saturday, the tournament, which was backed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and Smart Communications, gathered 21 participating teams.
Organizers said that the recently concluded 3×3 tourney saw more school-based teams competing, with Centro Escolar University, Far Eastern University and Diliman Preparatory School fielding teams.
In the tournament, the 21 teams were divided into five pools, playing four elimination games each, and the top-seeded teams from each pool advancing to the semifinals.
Gilas 1 ruled the second edition of the tournament after beating National University A, 17-12, in the finals.
Gilas 2, meanwhile, finished in third place after a 20-18 victory over NU B.
“I’m very happy with the turnout and the enthusiasm that the players showed for the second edition of the tournament. There were a lot of school-based teams which is very important for us. Not only are we holding the competition for its sake, but we want to raise the bar in terms of elite competition. We plan on this to be a regular tournament for these up-and-coming players,” said Ronnie Magsanoc, SBP 3×3 program director, in sharing his assessment of the just-concluded tournament.
“It’s laying down the avenue for them to play consistently and regularly against elite teams,” he added. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo