THE Naga City Titans quartet of Joshua Irvin Ayo, Raphael Jude De Vera, Karl Kenneth Estrada and Adoniz Christian Nismal dominated Ormoc-Aroro, 22-9, to rule the 2014 Talk ‘N Text-SBP U18 3x3 Tatluhan National Finals recently at the Pearl Sports Complex in Harrison Plaza, Manila.
The Titans scored five straight 2-pointers to break away from an erstwhile tight contest against the Ormoc squad, whose players – Carmelo Jose Sano, Petilos Nelson, Ramier Angelio and Boh Andrew Hermosilla – had to travel 24 hours by land to get to the site of the national finals and were clearly fatigued from the long journey, but nevertheless bravely fought all the way to the finals.
Naga won the top prize of P35,000 plus a bonus P5,000 and the right to be one of three teams which will represent the country in the 3x3 FIBA World Tour-Asia Pacific Leg set July 19 and 20 at the classy Fashion Hall of SM Megamall.
The top two teams that will emerge from that tournament will advance to the 3x3 FIBA World Championship in Tokyo in October 2014.
“We are happy with the overall success of the initial offering of our centerpiece grassroots development program,“ said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios.
“We thank Talk ‘N Text for its valuable support and the SBP regional officials who worked hard to organize the eliminations. We congratulate all 20 finalists, especially the winners, including eventual champion Naga and second placer Ormoc, the last championship qualifier to get to Manila.”
Ormoc settled for P20,000, third placer National Capital Region-San Juan (King Genre Astrero, Jayson Danas, Adrian De Guzman and Joshua Montero) P15,000, and fourth placer Davao City Holy Cross Crusaders (Alfred Joshua Capending, BJ Flores, Jan Patrick Quidato and Harry Dumagan) P10,000.
Rounding up the Last 8 finalists are Cebu-SHS Ateneo (Steven Co, Travis Mantua, Joshua Sinclair and Andrew Velasco), Bacolod-Davies A (Aljohn Catague, Arrmand Guevarra, John Lawrence and Toral, Patrick Dave Yulo), Iloilo-USA College (Jorine Cercado, Joshua Nunal, Jay Jay Ramos and Elenito Tanaleon Jr.), and Zamboanga-Red Rooster (Wilmer Fpian Carpio, Patrick Espiritu, Jan Carl Luciano and Bernard Francis Tacula).
The 5th to 8th places received P5,000 from Talk ‘N Text as incentives while the rest of the finalists got P2,000.00 each on instructions of SBP President Manuel V. Pangilinan to reward all National Championship finalists for their valiant efforts.