NCAA gearing towards inclusion of 3x3 basketball as a regular sport
ABS-CBN Sports on May 15, 2018 03:04 PM
The NCAA will stage 3x3 basketball as a demo sport for the second straight season.
The NCAA is gearing towards the inclusion of 3x3 basketball as part of its regular calendar in the near future.
League president Anthony Tamayo of NCAA Season 94 host Perpetual Help said the movement to make the event, which is currently one of the fastest-rising sports in the country today, is gaining ground within the Policy Board and Management Committee.
“For Season 94, 3x3 basketball will be played as a special event,” said Tamayo. “We will tackle it in the next meeting and hopefully it will be included as regular event in the future because we feel 3x3 basketball is one sport Filipinos are good at.”
It will mark the second year the event will be held in the NCAA after debuting last year using two divisions—under-14 and U-16.
Next to regular basketball, 3x3 is now gaining popularity after past feats in international events as well as the country’s hosting of such events including this June’s FIBA 3x3 World Cup at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
The Palarong Pambansa, a multi-sports event for elementary and high school student atheltes, has also embraced the sport after it included 3x3 as a regular discipline in last month’s edition in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
It also helps that 3x3 has also become an Olympic sport, which should serve as motivation to Filipinos dreaming of playing in the Olympics.
And the NCAA wants to help in 3x3’s development in the country.
“The NCAA has always supported the country’s national sports programs by lending our athletes to represent the country in the past and we will continue to do that for flag and country,” said Tamayo.
NCAA Season 94 unfolds on July 7 at the MOA Arena in with defending champion San Beda University battling host Altas in the main game at 2:00 p.m.