Philippines to host FIBA 3×3 Manila Masters’

Pura of Cebu, powered by Carlo Cesar Ortega, Jaur Edrel Igna, Lucky Ecarma and Errol Pastor, subdued Olongapo, 21-12, to rule the SBP-Talk ‘N Text U18 Tatluhan National Finals at Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita recently

The Cebuanos advanced to the championship after edging Bacolod, 13-12, in the semifinals, while Olongapo, represented by Lyceum Subic and bannered by Allen Fomera, Edler Tirona, Renz San Luis and Mark Macatlang, made it to the final by nipping Ateneo de Naga, 16-15.

Naga downed Bacolod, 17-14, in the battle for third place.

Cebu will be one of the three teams to represent the country in the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Manila Masters. PBA players will again be invited to the Manila Masters leg which the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is hosting for the second time on Aug. 1 and 2 at Robinson’s Place Manila.

The top two teams will advance to the world championship in Abu Dhabi on October 15 and 16.

FIBA 3×3 stops are also scheduled in Prague (8-9 August), Beijing (15-16 August), Lausanne (28-29 August), Mexico City (9-10 September) and Rio de Janeiro (26-27 September) leading up to the Abu Dhabi finals.

“We have just concluded our National 3×3 event, which was won by a team from Cebu” said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios. “And it’s a good thing the Manila event will be held after the PBA season so the players can represent our national teams.”

Last year, the Manila West team, composed of pros Terrence Romeo, KG Canaleta, Rey Guevarra and Aldrech Ramos and coached by UAAP champion Eric Altamirano and De La Salle-Greenhills mentor John Flores, upset a FIBA 3×3 world champion team from Qatar to rule the Manila Masters leg and earned passage to the world championship in Sendai, Japan.