THE PHILIPPINE Basketball Association (PBA) will be collaborating with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) for a bigger PBA 3×3 staging next season.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said the pro league and the SBP are tabled for a meeting mid-March to formulate the finer details of the competition, including format, teams and the possibility of holding a competition for women’s squads. The PBA rolled out its standalone 3×3 league in 2021 to help the SBP promote and develop the discipline. Teams play three conferences composed of six legs and one finale each.

Over the last three seasons, the league’s stalwarts led by Almond Vosotros of TNT have also served Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 duties in major international meets such as FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup and the Southeast Asian Games.

In the recent Third Conference of Season 3, the PBA 3×3 opened its doors to six women’s teams to dispute the Women’s PBA 3×3 Invitational crown.

Uratex Dream won the tiara on the same day as the Meralco Bolts scored their breakthrough conference championship at the expense of the multi-titled Triple Giga. — Olmin Leyba