Abueva, Paras bear witness to launch of grassroots 3x3 tournament

ABS-CBN Sports on May 14, 2019 05:28 PM
Abueva, Paras bear witness to launch of grassroots 3x3
Calvin Abueva and Kobe Paras were there to witness the birth of a brand new 3x3 grassroots program

The young sport of 3x3 is only getting better and better as the brightest young 3x3 cagers in the country converged in Makati from May 10 to 13 for the 2019 Chooks-to-Go/Wilson Basketball 3x3 Challenge.

Eighty-eight teams competed in the four-day event that saw national champions crowned in four age groups - 19-under, 16-under, 13-under, and 10-under.

"We hope to help find talents across the country who can represent us in 3x3 tournaments," said Ronald Mascariñas, patron of the Chooks Pilipinas 3x3 who hosted the grassroots event alongside Wilson Basketball, the official ball of FIBA 3x3.

Serving as the guests of honor in the event were Chooks-to-Go ambassadors Calvin Abueva and Kobe Paras.

"Nakakatuwa na makita na buhay na buhay ang 3x3 dito sa bansa natin," said Abueva, a member of the Manila North squad that competed in the 2015 FIBA 3X3 World Tour Finals. "Sa larong ito talaga titiba ang isang bata kung gusto nila magpatuloy sa basketball."

"Being an athlete, it always feels good to teach the kids what you have experienced," added Kobe Paras, a former member of the Men's National 3x3 Basketball Team. "Hopefully, me and Calvin gave them some bits of advice that they could use moving forward both on and off the court."

In the 19U division, the Cavite quartet of Shawndy Algire, Francis Ignacio, Ongking Caylo, and CJ Austria capped their dominant campaign with an 11-4 trouncing of a three-man Manila East squad to complete a five-game sweep of this level-five tourney.

Metro East, composed of Miles Cruz, Allen Alvarado, Andrei Cruz, and JB Discutido, then took the 16U division behind the endgame heroics of Miles Cruz as they defeated CAMANAVA in the finale, 18-17.

Antique's Andrie Kaabay, Kent Navarro, John Ryan Mondano, and Abraham Wollowick were crowned as the 13U champions after defeating Metro Manila, 9-4, while Pototan's Tabby Espartero, Jacob Javelosa, Carlos Reonal, and Ryton Celis won the 10U division after escaping Bacolod, 14-13.

All the winners brought home PhP 20, 000 worth of goods from Chooks-to-Go, RC Cola, Toby's Sports, Niña Asiana, Red Bull, Minute Burger, Under Armour, and AQ Supports.

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