“SBP [Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas] wanted to ensure that the basketball program we have is a unifying brand from the men’s team to women’s to the youth,” Aquino explained. “Gilas represents puso and all teams are working together towards a common goal to make the nation proud.”
The champion team in the competition organized by Mediapro Asia and SINA in partnership with the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will win USD $3,000 and will fly an all-expense paid trip to Beijing to represent the Philippines in the SINA 3×3 Elite League 2019.
“We are more than happy to accommodate Remy and make him part of our Gilas Pilipinas program. However, we are constrained by the FIBA ruling that says a player hoping to play as a local must have a local passport before the age of 16,” – SBP president Al Panlilio #GilasPilipinas
Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson looks doubtful to be part of the squad for the World Cup, according to PhilStar’s Joaquin Henson. #FIBA #GilasPilipinas
According to a statement released by EastWest Private, a United States-based sports and entertainment management company, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) assisted Sotto and his family so they could make the trip back home. #GilasPilipinas
Magsanoc bared that he has yet to know what the federation’s approach will be for the 3×3 event to be held at the FilOil Flying V Center, but he said that Chooks players are in strong consideration given their rankings in FIBA 3×3.
“The bolder look signifies strength and our disciplined direction.” – Al Panlilio #GilasPilipinas
“I don’t know yet. Stay tuned, I hope to, and I hope it happens,” – Jordan Clarkson #GilasPilipinas #WorldCup
“We also commend Kai for his commitment to play for Batang Gilas in the World Cup in Greece, and in future international competitions of the men’s national team, Gilas Pilipinas, including the FIBA World Cup here in 2023,” – SBP President Al Panlilio.
Spicing up the event with some hip-hop flair was “Mr. Pinoy Hoops” himself, Mike Swift – a FIBA ambassador for 3×3 basketball. The celebrated rapper was behind the microphone for a handful of matches, urging the crowd to get louder with every highlight-reel play dished out by the competitors.