Young basketball players in Luzon will be in for a treat when the Basketball Efficiency Scientific Training (BEST) Center-FIBA 3-on-3 tournament fires off on November 15 at the Ateneo De Manila University Gym.
“We’re thinking about this project for a long time. This year, we really talked to MILO to be our sponsor because we know that we can do it,” said BEST Center founder Nicanor Jorge during the weekly Philippine Sportswriter Association forum in Malate, Manila on Tuesday.
Sponsored by Milo Ready-to-Drink and supported by Freego and Rain or Shine, the tournament is structured according to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules.
The tournament is divided into two categories namely 15 years under and 12 years under.
Each of the 128 registered teams will be composed of three players and one substitute that will play on a half court for 10 minutes. The first team to score 21 or make the most points within the period wins.
Unlike common three-on-three games, the organizers decided to change some rules, “Dito, walang time out. Gusto naming maipapakita nila ‘yung cohesiveness at samahan na magkaisa-isa kung ano ang kanilang gagawin. [There’s no time-out here. What we want to see is their cohesiveness and unity inside the court].
“Kung sino ang pagod na, sesenyas at aalis agad. Yung breaking of tie naman nila ay free throw shoot-out,” said Jorge.
Champions will take home a trophy plus P10,000 while the second, third and fourth placers will receive P6,000, P3,000, P1,000, respectively.
BEST Center graduates Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, Chris Tiu and Jeff Chan are expected to grace the event.
After the successful staging of Milo Little Olympics (MLO) this year, Milo sports executive Robby de Vera said they are planning to include a 3-on-3 event in the 2016 MLO.
“We are actually considering that in the planning. We’re considering this event as the pilot so we can determine the weak point and how we can improve and hopefully implement it in the Little Olympics,” said de Vera during the interview with The Manila Times.
Established by former national coach Nicanor ‘Nic” Jorger in 1978, BEST Center is one of the country’s premier basketball and volleyball school were students learn the fundamentals of the two sports.