The Chooks to Go NBTC 3×3 tournament, a grassroots program of the
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas tipped off last Saturday, January 26,
at the Sisters of Mary Boystown in Silang, Cavite.
Over a hundred teams from schools in Cavite and the Tagaytay area
competed in two divisions – the Under-20 and the Under-18 brackets;
the first in a four-leg affair across eight cities.
The eight cities include Cavite, Quezon, Baguio, and Dagupan in Luzon;
Cebu and Bacolod from the Visayas; and Cagayan De Oro and Zamboanga
The tournament aims to increase the awareness of 3×3 basketball as
well as to create a truly nationwide 3×3 tournament, and to help
accrue points in the Philippines dreams of participating and competing
for a medal in the Olympics. 3×3 basketball will become an official
Olympic sport in the 2019 Tokyo Summer Games.
St. Francis of Assisi made both the U20 and U18 finals of the Cavite
leg. In the U20 division, SFAC, the SBP Pambansang Tatluhan champion
team of two years ago, defeated Tagyatay Science, 16-11. However,
their U18 counterparts fell to Tirona, 21-17.
Neil “Kobi” Antonio, a 17-year who represented Boystown in the games
last Saturday opined that even if he team was outgunned by schools
with bigger, better, and funded-programs, it was a tremendous
experience for his school. “Maganda rin kasi meron mga bisita rito sa
amin,” he pointed out. “Tiyak na meron kami matutunan sa paglaro ng
basketball kalaban sila. Dito kasi napapanood namin lang madalas yung
nasa TV – PBA, NBA, UAAP, at NCAA. Pero dito malalaman namin kung ano
yung mga skills na kulang pa sa amin.”
Added Sister Lilibeth Gustilo of the Sister of Mary, “An event like
this gives the boys a chance to interact with other boys their own
Ronald Mascarinas of Chooks to Go said, “We hope to help find talents
across the country who can represent us in 3×3 tournaments. And if we
can help the national team by discovering young talents who can be
full time 3×3 players that will help our federation.”