Plan to form dedicated 3x3 national team already in motion

Paul Lintag on Aug 14, 2018 01:26 PM
Plan to form dedicated 3x3 national team already in motion
"Ever since we started two years ago with our partnership with the SBP, 3x3 basketball has been very close to our hearts. Dito kasi tayo lahat ngsimula. This is the foundation of basketball in the Philippines," Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. President Ronald Mascarinas said.

The dream is about to become a reality.

Known Gilas Pilipinas backet Chooks-to-Go is setting its sights on 3x3 basketball, with the ultimate goal being to set up a sustainable independent national team that will fight to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and beyond.

In a press conference Tuesday in Ortigas, Chooks announced its grand plan to form a 3x3 national team in partnership with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

"Ever since we started two years ago with our partnership with the SBP, 3x3 basketball has been very close to our hearts. Dito kasi tayo lahat ngsimula. This is the foundation of basketball in the Philippines," Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. President Ronald Mascarinas said.

"Nangangarap talaga kami sa Chooks-to-Go na makarating sa Olympics," he added.

The mission to qualifiy to the Tokyo Olympics is grand enough and making it via 3x3 basketball seems easier than the 5x5.

However, it's still a gargantuan challenge to make it,

Tokyo will only accept eight 3x3 teams the Olympics. The Philippines is currently ranked in the 40s.

"There is no reason that we cannot propegate this game format. But for us to make a significant rise in the world rankings, there should be formalities," SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios said.

"There are basically two ways to improve our rankings. The first one is the grassroots program, the more often we play and the more players we register, it will have a better effect on our rankings. What better way than to hook up with Chooks-to-Go. Imagine if we have weekly tournaments, we could make a big dent in our rankings," he added.

The plan to make the 2020 Olympics is currently in motion.

Mascarinas says that Chooks plans to launch qualifying tournaments all over that should help the Philippines improve its world ranking.

More importantly, it will also help gather the players that will form the full-time 3x3 national team.

"We are going for broke in finding the top talent in the Philippines. But we need to reintroduce the sport to the Filipino people," Mascarinas said.

"That is why we are going all-out with our activities in 3x3 basketball. From forming a full-time team, to having a reality show, and competing accross all divisions, talagang magiging full blast ang Chooks-to-Go sa kampanyang ito to Tokyo. Samahan niyo kami in this journey that will take us from the streets to the world stage," he added.

 

 

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