Girlstown Cebu completes FIBA 3x3 history
Danine Cruz on Jan 14, 2019 01:10 PM
To end the first-ever Chooks-to-Go x Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas 3x3 Basketball Festival on a strong notr, 1,656 girls of Sisters of Mary School Girlstown in Talisay City, Cebu shattered the world record for the most number of participants in a FIBA 3x3 sanctioned event last Sunday.
Together with the initial 1,387 players of Boystown from Saturday, Philippines rewrote history books with a total of 3,036 registered players through the FIBA 3x3 play app. This erased the initial record of 1,898.
"When we were just in the planning stages of the event, we expected that we will break the record. But we did not expect that it would be by a wide margin," shared Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas, "Girlstown made sure that the record will be owned by the country and the country should be forever grateful to them."
In Boystown alone, 50 half courts are available. Add that to the 36 half courts of Girlstown, the Sisters of Mary School campuses in Minglanilla and Talisay, Cebu seemed perfect for setting such a massive world record.
The project directors of the event, headed by SBP's Ryan Betia, Xander Gubat, Region XIII director Jerry Abuyabor, and SMS athletic director Van Parmis, systematically split and organized the event into six legs.
As the two-day tourney ended, the SBP expressed its sincerest gratitude to SMS for opening its doors to them.
"To give back to those thousands of kids through my passion in basketball and to serve our country as well is more than fulfilling. All the ranking points will definitely help the federation's 3x3 world ranking for us to fulfill our Olympic dream," said coach Mark Solano.
"No words can describe ang nararamdamang namin ngayon lalo na pag nakita ko yung mga ngiti ng mga bata. Sobrang fulfulling," added coach Ryan Betia, who hails from Cebu.
Now, the waiting game begins for Chooks-to-Go and SBP as FIBA will look through the documents and verify if the record has been set.
"Now, we await FIBA 3X3. The SBP is currently in the process of sending over the proper documentation to FIBA's offices. We are confident that we have done everything right and, more importantly, get the points to qualify for the Olympics. We are proposing to make this a yearly event," said Mascariñas.