TWELVE teams battle it out for the title in the Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup on Saturday at SM Megamall Events Center in Mandaluyong.
The San Juan-Go for Gold Knights are in Pool A with the Valenzuela Classic and Zamboanga Valientes.
The Fil-Am laden Pasig-Grindhouse Kings are in Group B with the Bulacan Kuyas and the Marikina Shomasters, while the Pasay Voyagers, the Cebu-Max4 Birada and the Vigan Wolves are in Group C.
Pool D has the 1Bataan Risers, the Bacoor Strikers and Quezon City-Zark's Jawbreakers.
The top teams from the group stage advance to the knockout semifinals.
The first game tips off at 11 a.m. while the opening ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and will be shown live on ESPN5. Gracing the 30-minute ceremony are FIBA officials David Crocker and Fei Gao, ESPN5 President Chot Reyes, Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin, league commissioner Eric Altamirano, and league owner Ronald Mascariñas.
Cebu-Max4's Dondon Hontiveros heads the 12-man cast in the three-point shootout set before the semifinals.
The dunk contest will take place after the semifinals, with two-time Fiba 3X3 U18 Slam Dunk champion Kobe Paras of UP, NCAA Season 92 Slam Dunk king Yankie Haruna of CSB and 2018 Davao Invitational Dunk champ Daniel Chatman of NU as competitors.
"Everybody is excited. Based dun sa feedback na nakuha ko sa team owners, they are ready to go," said Altamirano. "I expect a big crowd. Nakikita ko na maraming matutuwa dito sa opening."
The winner of the first leg will take home PHP 100,000.