GDLs, Melecio headline participants in first-ever UAAP 3x3
Aljun Melecio and Juan Gomez de Liano will be seeing action in the inaugural UAAP 3x3 tournament
Juan and Javi Gomez de Liano, Aljun Melecio and Andrei Caracut, and Afril Bernardino and Jack Danielle Animam are just some of the names who are bound to make history by taking part in the first-ever UAAP 3x3 basketball tournament on March 4, Sunday.
The event will be available via livestream starting 9 a.m.
With the country’s premiere collegiate league having organized its inaugural three-on-three tournament to be held on Sunday in Pasay’s Mall of Asia Music Hall, seven out of the eight member schools will each be sending one men’s and one women’s team. University of Sto. Tomas decided not to field a team in the men's division.
Most notable are the representatives of the University of the Philippines which includes the GDL brothers as well as Jun Manzo and Gelo Vito.
Juan GDL once wore the flag in the FIBA 3x3 Under-17 Championship.
The Fighting Maroons should expect a challenge from De La Salle University which is fielding an equally-loaded lineup of former Rookies of the Year Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio, Justine Baltazar, and Santi Santillan.
Also gunning for the historic title are Adamson University’s June Rey Buenaventura, Lenda Douanga, Brendan Espeleta, and Jasper Longalong; Ateneo de Manila University’s QJ Banzon, Rodney Manuel, Gabe Natividad, and Dan Wong; Far Eastern University’s Michael John Casino, Wendell Comboy, Richard Escoto, and Kenneth Tuffin.
National University’s JP Cauilan, Chammy Diputado, Theo Fores, and Anthony Sistoza; and University of the East’s Mark Maloles, Philip Manalang, Alvin Pasaol, and Jason Varilla.
In the Women’s tournament, it’s again the four-time champion Lady Bulldogs who are the team to beat.
They will trot out a lineup that includes two-time MVP Afril Bernardino, most recent MVP Jack Danielle Animam, Mythical selection Ria Nabalan, and Annick Tiky.
Here is the full list of participants:
June Rey Buenaventura. Lenda Douanga. Brendan Espeleta. Jasper Longalong.
QJ Banzon. Rodney Manuel. Gabe Natividad. Dan Wong.
Justine Baltazar. Andrei Caracut. Aljun Melecio. Santi Santillan.
Michael John Casino. Wendell Comboy. Richard Escoto. Kenneth Tuffin.
JP Cauilan. Chammy Diputado. Theo Fores. Anthony Sistoza.
Mark Maloles. Philip Manalang. Alvin Pasaol. Jason Varilla.
Javi Gomez de Liano. Juan Gomez de Liano. Jun Manzo. Gelo Vito.
Jamie Alcoy. April Cabug. Jonalyn Lacson. Nathalia Prado.
Nicole Cancio. Katrina Guytingco. Jhazmine Jason. Johanne Nimes.
Lauryn Del Campo. Angel Figueroa. Marja Jimenez. Vea Malarde.
Claire Castro. Princess Jumuad. Valerie Mamaril. Fatima Quiapo.
Jack Danielle Animam. Afril Bernardino. Ria Nabalan. Annick Tiky.
Christine Cortizano. Joyce Francisco. Princess Pedregosa. Anna Requiron.
Carmela Bascon. Justine Domingo. Christine Isip. Lourdes Ordoveza.
Jhenn Angeles. Angel Anies. Karla Manuel. Maria Sangalang.
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