CLASSIC half-court playground basketball soars to new heights when the 2014 Talk ‘N Text-SBP U18 3x3 Tatluhan Finals blasts off on Sunday at the Pearl Sports Complex in Harrison Plaza, Manila.
Evolving from barefoot city street and sandlot skirmishes, the traditional battle for three-on-three bragging rights acquires a global make-over when 20 four-man teams from all over the country take the floor after the 11 a.m. opening ceremony for the right to become one of three teams which will represent the Philippines 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 qualify to the 3x3 FIBA World Championship in Tokyo in October 2014.
Making it to the finals here after grueling regional qualifying tournaments are St. Louis-LHS-B from Baguio City, Team Wowie (Cauayan, Isabela), Team DDDV-B (Dagupan), UA-3 (Pampanga/Olongapo City), Team USA College (Iloilo), Team Faith (Tanuan, Batangas), SHS Ateneo 1 (Cebu), Team Titans (Naga City), Team Mandarayo Boys(Lucena, Quezon), Golden City (Sta. Rosa, Laguna), Cenn Taynan (Kidapawan, Cotabato), Red Rooster (Zamboanga City), Holy Cross Crusaders (Davao City), Barangay Gusa (Cagayan de Oro), Team Davies A (Bacolod City), AMA 2 (National Capital Region-Central), Barangay Signal D (NCR-South), San Juan 1 (NCR-PNG), Caloocan Team (NCR-North), and Aroro Team (Ormoc).
“We in the SBP are proud to launch our centerpiece grassroots development program,” said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios. “It supports not only the development of the game all over the country but also focuses on our youth, including those out of school.”
Comprised of boys 18 and below (born 1996 onwards) and one team leader, the finalists will be divided into four groups to play a single round elimination. The top two teams from each group advance to the Last 8 for crossover matches.
The winners then move to the semifinals to determine the final two that will dispute the title and the P35,000 championship prize.
The runner-up gets P20,000, third place brings home P15,000, and fourth place P10,000.
As an additional incentive, Talk ‘N Text guarantees P5,000 to teams that qualify in the Last 8.