GERALD Anderson turned heads in his debut in the third leg of the Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3x3 President’s Cup on Friday at SM Fairview event center.
Playing his first 3x3 tournament, Anderson proved that he can go up against the top cagers in the country as he almost lifted Marikina Shoe Masters to the semifinals only to lose to Zamboanga Valientes, 15-18, in Pool B.
“It’s privilege para sa akin na I get to play with the best players sa buong Pilipinas,” Anderson said. “Just to be able to compete okay naman sobrang sarap parang ang laking fulfillment para sa akin.”
“Mas na-star-struck ako sa kanila, 'yung mga players kilala ko, yung iba kalaro ko sa MPBL. So it’s very surreal na nakalaro ako sa ganitong level,” he added.
Anderson’s nine-point effort wasn’t enough as he and the Shoe Masters, also bannered by RJ Deles, Jondan Salvador and Dexter Mescallado, lost in the tiebreaker in Pool B.
The Alvin Pasaol-led 1Bataan Risers advanced to the semifinals after garnering the most points with 36 — just a marker ahead of the Zamboanga Valientes, while Marikina had 32.
“It’s a good game medyo intense. But yeah okay naman for a first 3x3 game ko ‘to,” said Anderson, who is also seeing action in MPBL. “I think as a team okay naman kami, medyo kinapos lang kami sa last game but you know learning experience.”
The celebrity baller showcased his talent right in his first 3x3 game, nailing a clutch lay-up and dagger three-point shot to finish with 11 points and stun first leg champion 1Bataan, 17-14.
Although he had an impressive debut, Anderson gave himself a B+ grade as he seeks to learn more things about the tournament.
“I think a B plus siguro marami pa akong kailangan matutunan,” he said.
With three more legs to go in the Fiba-endorsed tournament bankrolled by Chooks to Go, Anderson expressed his commitment to play if he won’t have conflicts in his schedule in showbiz and vowed to help the Philippines in collecting points for its Olympic dream.
“Sana sana depende dito kung ipapasa niya sa akin yung schedule,” Anderson said. “I’m doing my part to help the Philippines reach the Olympics.”