SBP holds successful first leg of Women’s 3x3 Tournament

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 29, 2019 04:17 PM
SBP holds successful first leg of Women’s 3x3 Tournament
Twenty-eight participating women's teams took part in the first leg of the SBP-Smart 3x3 Tournament held last April 27, 2019 at the Meralco Orange Fit Center in Ortigas, Pasig City.

Top female ballers in the country were to able to show their wares in the recently concluded SBP-Smart 3x3 Tournament held last Saturday morning at the Meralco Orange Fit Center in Ortigas, Pasig City.

This event was backed by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) through 3X3 National Program Head Ronnie Magsanoc, together with Smart Communications as its main sponsor. Prize money and gadgets were given away to the winners.

Twenty-eight participating teams were divided into four pools, where they played six elimination games. The top teams from each group then advanced to the knockout semifinals.

Team BA, Team Mang, National University B, and Ateneo 1 were on the top their respective pools.

Team Mang waylaid NU B, 16-8, in the first semifinals match-up of the day as the former relied on their stingy defense and interior dominance.

In what was the highlight of the day, it was Team BA who capped off a stunning comeback against the feisty Ateneo side, 13-11, after the latter missed a potential game-tying two-pointer in their semis match-up.

Rounding out the tournament was Team BA winning over the much taller Team Mang side, 21-15. Team BA was able to take advantage of their overall quickness and Gemma Miranda’s torrid outside shooting.

With the first leg of the Women’s 3x3 being a big success, Coach Magsanoc expressed his optimism to the growth of the sport.

Moreover, for the amiable coach, having a viable platform for Pinay ballers to show what they got is what SBP is aiming for in the long-term.

“We wanted to give the women the avenue to play and compete, and to give them a chance to shine as well. Overall, this is a good start to try and introduce the sport, [and] that this is a regular sport that they can play. Hopefully, we can do this [on a] monthly basis for as much as possible,” said Magsanoc.

“We believe that the women’s side has a chance to shine on the international stage. And hopefully, we can build a stronger and a larger national pool to choose the talents that can form the [future] national teams,” he added.


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