PH shatters FIBA 3×3 record

Over 3,000 kids participated in the two-day 3×3 event in
Cebu. Handout photo

MANILA, Philippines – History now awaits Philippine basketball.

The Sisters of Mary School (SMS) Girlstown hosted the last six
legs of the inaugural Chooks-to-Go/Samahang Basketbol ng
Pilipinas (SBP) 3×3 basketball tournament – and made sure that
the Philippines would set a new FIBA record for most number of
participants in a 3×3 game.

A total of 1,656 girls turned out, registered in the FIBA 3×3
play app, and participated in the Under-18 tournament held in
Talisay City, Cebu.

The two-day event had a combined 3,036 participants –
shattering the previous FIBA record of 1,898.

“When we were just in the planning stages of the event, we
expected that we will break the record. But we did not expect
that it would be by a wide margin,” shared Chooks-to-Go
president Ronald Mascariñas.

“Girlstown made sure that the record will be owned by the
country and the country should be forever grateful to them,” he
added.

With the high turnout for Girlstown, the project directors of
the event, headed by SBP’s Ryan Betia, Xander Gubat, Region
XIII director Jerry Abuyabor, and SMS athletic director Van
Parmis, split the tournament into six legs.

The Leg 6-G1 squad composed of the Janier twins (Gleafel and
Gleagen), Aianna Apostol, and Desiree Salvado outlasted 441
squads to become the overall champions. They outlasted Leg 4
champions G1 composed of Jane Madria, Jenifer Mahusay, Jenny
Amor, and Ivy Garnica.

The event was played across 36 courts.

As the two-day tourney ended, the SBP expressed its sincerest
gratitude to SMS for opening its doors to them.

“To be able to give back to those thousands of kids through my
passion in basketball and to serve our country as well is more
than fulfilling,” said coach Mark Solano.

“Well for the SBP, all the ranking points will definitely help
the federation’s 3×3 world ranking for us to fulfill our
Olympic dream!”

“No words can describe ang nararamdamang namin ngayon lalo na
pag nakita ko yung mga ngiti ng mga bata. Sobrang fulfulling,”
added coach Ryan Betia, who hails from Cebu.

Now, the waiting game begins for Chooks-to-Go and SBP as FIBA
will look through the documents and verify if the record has
been set.

“Now, we await FIBA 3X3. The SBP is currently in the process of
sending over the proper documentation to FIBA’s offices. We are
confident that we have done everything right and, more
importantly, get the points to qualify for the Olympics,” said
Mascariñas.

“And we are proposing to make this a yearly event,” he also
said.

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