Boystown Cebu breaks FIBA 3x3 record
Danine Cruz on Jan 12, 2019 08:35 PM
One record down, one more to go
With 1,387 kids signed up in the FIBA 3x3 Play app, the first of the two-day 3x3 basketball fiesta of Chooks-to-Go and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Saturday at the Sisters of Mary School Boystown in Minglanilla, Cebu was already a historic one.
The feat erased the previous-FIBA record of 1,114 under-18 players.
"We at Chooks-to-Go are really elated with the turnout. But this victory is not ours alone. It's the country's achievement," beamed Chooks-to-Go President Ronald Mascariñas, "I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the SBP and the sisters from SMS for making all of this possible."
Aside from shattering world records, the event gave the Philippines much-needed federation points in FIBA 3x3 to hopefully qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where the sport will officially be a medal event.
SBP executive director Sonny Barrios, Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio and Batang Gilas team manager Andrew Teh were in full force for the historic day.
"We're glad that we're making history with these young kids," said Barrios, "It's very overwhelming and heartwarming that we got into this partnership with Chooks-to-Go and the Sisters of Mary nuns para magawa natin ito ng sama-sama."
College basketball stars Kobe Paras and Thirdy Ravena who are Chooks' main ambassadors of the sport played a pick-up game with some of Boystown's best 3x3 warriors.
The basketball operations in all of the 50 half courts in Boystown were headed by SBP's Mark Solano, Ryan Betia, Xander Gubat, Region XIII director Jerry Abuyabor, and Boystown athletic director Van Parmis.
But Boystown Cebu, SBP, and Chooks are not done yet.
On Sunday, in Girlstown in Talisay, Cebu, they target to completely topple the FIBA record of most 3x3 players regardless of age which was set at 1,898 participants.