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SBP commends UAAP for 3x3 tourney

By Dugout Philippines

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) lauded University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) for staging another successful 3x3 tournament held last March 2 and 3 at the Ayala Malls Feliz in Pasig City.

SBP President Al Panlilio personally commended the UAAP for helping the basketball federation promote the fastest growing sport in the world.

"The alignment forged by the UAAP 3x3 organizers with the SBP is what we’ve been actively espousing. We are very pleased that the UAAP 3x3 with their 3x3 commissioner Xavier Nunag and SBP 3x3 program head Ronnie Magsanoc were able to establish a strong link and partnership that benefitted our country in our goal to generate as many points as possible,” said Panlilio.

“Remember that 3x3 is now an Olympic sport and that’s why I am calling on all independent 3x3 event organizers to align with coach Ronnie so that they can be guided accordingly on the correct formula in running their respective tournaments,”

Magsanoc echoed the same sentiments and hopes that their partnership with the UAAP will continue as it has been one of the sources of future 3x3 players in the national team.

“On behalf of the SBP, we are grateful to the UAAP for helping the national program of the 3x3. Some of the best and brightest 3x3 players traced their roots in the UAAP,” said Magsanoc.

“Players like Ricci Rivero, Juan Gomez de Liano, Thirdy Ravena, Jack Animam of women’s basketball have represented the country playing for the national team. Looking forward to having the discipline as a part of the regular sports competition for Season 82,” he added.

UAAP Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag thanked the SBP, the media and the fans for making this season’s 3x3 edition a huge success and looks forward to a bigger and better 3x3 in Season 82.

“This year’s iteration, may I say was a smashing success – so much so that we definitely need a bigger venue next year,” said Saguisag.

“From the players, the media coverage and most importantly the fans, the UAAP Season 81 3x3 did not lack in star power. The UAAP is definitely looking at making 3x3 a regular event. For now, allow us to thank everyone for giving us a great time! See you in Season 82.”

Nunag was grateful to the SBP for providing assistance such as international standard courts and game officials.

“The UAAP 3x3, headed by the host Far Eastern University, does not only give the athletes an avenue and platform to play basketball and represent their respective schools,” said Nunag.

“At the same time, along with the SBP, it has made a successful effort to help out the county’s bid to become one of the top countries in 3x3 basketball,” he added.

Ateneo de Manila University and National University ruled the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively.

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