THE NINTH EDITION of NBA 3X Philippines drew to a successful conclusion on Sunday with Cavite-based EGS Elite reclaiming the title in the men’s open division and National University Uno topping the women’s side.

Held at the PICC Forum Tent, the National Basketball Association’s 3-on-3 tournament saw some 260 teams from different parts of the country compete in the various categories all in the hopes of emerging as the winners in the competition which has been staged since 2011.

EGS Elite, composed of Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League player Mark Anthony Dolingon, Arnel Fillon, John Vincent Cabrera and Jay Bren Motol, was crowned champion in the men’s open division after defeating TVL Cavs, 22-14, in the finals.

The latest NBA 3X Philippines championship was the fifth for EGS Elite in six years.

On the women’s side the National University Uno quartet of Jack Animam, Angelica Surada, Camille Clarin and Lamana Kapinga bested National University Dos, 15-13, to be crowned as champion.

Other winners in the tournament were SKAPRO (boys under-13), Caloocan Supremos 1 (boys U-16), Caloocan Supremos (boys U-18), First City Provincial College (girls U-18) and Bank Assure: Born Ballers (AXA champions).

In the Celebrity Division, Team Uy Uy Uy, composed of Dominic Uy, Vince Hizon, Yuri Escueta and Miko Abello, defeated Calix comprised of Xavy Nunag, Nikko Ramos, Jutt Sulit and Marxx Monterola.

The 2019 NBA 3X Philippines had the Denver Nuggets’ Monte Morris, NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues and 2019 NBA Champions mascot, the Raptor, as guests and facilitators during the two-day event.

The event was presented anew by AXA Philippines, which recently launched its newest brand campaign, “Know You Can,” which reminds its customers that a better life is within reach if they believe it can be achieved.

Apart from AXA Philippines, Gatorade, Nike, PLDT-Smart, and Vivo served as official partners. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo