Photo from SBP's press release
MANILA, Philippines – PBA players are expected to be invited when the Philippines hosts the FIBA 3X3 World Tour Manila Masters round at Robinson’s Place Manila from August 1-2.
According to a press release by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), 3 teams will represent the Philippines in the Manila Masters, with the top two squads advancing to the world championship stage in Abu Dhabi from October 15-16.
FIBA 3X3 stages will also take place in Prague, Beijing, Lausanne, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro.
One of the teams that will represent the Philippines in August will be Pura of Cebu, composed of Carlo Cesa Ortega, Jaur Edrel Igna, Lucky Ecarma, and Errol Pastor, who took down team Olongapo, 21-12, to win the SBP-Talk ’N Text Under-18 Tatluhan National Finals.
“We have just concluded our National 3×3 event, which was won by a team from Cebu" said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios in the press release. “And it’s a good thing the Manila event will be held after the PBA season so the players can represent our national teams.”
Last year’s squad of Terrence Romeo, KG Canaleta, Rey Guevarra, and Aldrech Ramos - the Manila West team - coached by Eric Altamirano won the Manila Masters after taking down Qatar.