Popular 3x3 hoops tournament comes to our shores through S+A

ABS-CBN Sports on May 08, 2018 05:34 PM
Popular 3x3 hoops tournament comes to the PH through S+A
AyalaLand Malls Inc president Rowena Tomeldan HBC's Temple Deng ALMI's Gabby Katigbak Vivo's Annie Lim and Hazel Bascon and ABS-CBN Sports head Dino Laurena

ABS-CBN Sports has announced a partnership with Ayala Malls Synergies, Inc., to bring China's widely-popular HoopBattle Championship 3x3 (HBC) to our country to provide our local teams an opportunity to further excel at the sport.

This variant of basketball, which will be introduced as an Olympic event in the 2020 Tokyo Games, will provide Filipinos another opportunity to showcase their skills in the half-court version of the most popular sport in the country. 

Under the auspices of FIBA, and the country's governing body of sport, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, the tournament will feature 48 teams, and will battle in selected Ayala Malls, namely Glorietta, Trinoma, Market Market, Fairview Terraces, and South Park from July 1 to 29.

ABS-CBN S+A news program The Score will regularly provide updates regarding the competition, and the Finals will be carried live from Taguig on the same station on July 29.

"The thrust of ABS-CBN is not just in covering, but our partnership with Ayala Malls started with an events menu, hosted in Vertis Tent. This gives you a sneak preview as to what is the intent of our organization in terms of bringing entertainment," said ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head Dino Laurena. 

"Sports now is part of entertainment as well. We're very lucky to have been chosen to be partners in this endeavour, bringing one of the biggest 3x3 tournaments in the region from China."

The tournament, which is also sponsored by Vivo Philippines and Capdase, will send the two finalists to China to an all-expenses paid endeavor, pitting them against the Chinese's best squads.

On top of the trip, the winner will receive Php 200,000 in cash prizes, and the first-runner up will get Php 100,000.

According to the organizers, professional and amateur players above 18 years old are allowed to join the month-long tournament. Imports are also welcome, as long as they could provide proof of at least two years of residency in the country, coupled with a passport that is unexpired at least through 2019.

Women are also encouraged to join the tournament, as every team is allowed to field one female for their roster, following rules from China. 

As part of a requirement, individuals are required to submit a player profile to the FIBA 3x3 website before finalizing to help further establish the country's 3x3 reputation, an addition to the country's hosting of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup at the Philippine Arena this June. 

Aspiring teams can soon view the details of the league as well as download the application forms at www.hoopbattle.ph. Submission of application forms is on June 3, 2018. The final list of teams, which will be outfitted by Planet Sports, will be announced on June 10. 

The HBC started in China in 2015, with the vision of highlighting the upcoming hoops stars of the country. It has since expanded to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzen, Donguan, Chengdu, Kunming, Foshan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and now, the Philippines.

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