EGS-Elite waged the only successful four-peat attempt in NBA 3X Philippines as last year’s two other three-peat achievers—Team Alcaraz led by actor Marco Alcaraz in the Celebrity Division, and Three-Point Shootout King JC Baltazar—were replaced by new champions in their respective categories.
The Celebrity Division was won by Team Yan, headlined by TV personality Bobby Yan and anchored by Azkal footballer Aly Borromeo, Jun Macasaet and 3-time NBA 3X Slam Dunk Champion David Carlos. Other personalities who saw action in this division included running guru Rio de la Cruz, PBA Legend Alvin Patrimonio, ex-PBA players and collegiate stars Vince Hizon, Christian Luanzon and Derick Hubalde, musicians Yael Yuzon and Mong Alcaraz, and media personalities TJ Manotoc, Mark Zambrano, Nikko Ramos, and Marco Benitez.
“We have been looking forward to this tournament all year and have kept ourselves active ever since to play well on this stage. NBA 3X has inspired us to work harder on improving our skills and chemistry for future competitions,” said Ian Garrido, who together with playing coach Rocky Acidre, Rutger Acidre and Mark Anthony Dolimon, aced their fourth appearance in the tournament with solid rebounding, consistent outside shooting and strong defensive play.
Meanwhile, Team Jacob Liit topped the Under-16 Boys Division, and BRODIAC, headlined by Kenjie Duremdes and National University standout Rhayyan Amsali secured the Under-18 Boys category. In the Girls Division, Balon Dagupan A won the Under-16 crown while National University-A took home the Women’s Open Division trophy.
In the individual categories, Jerome Hamac from Zamboanga is this year’s Panasonic Three-Point Shootout Champion, Gabriel Aveno from Bulacan is the Sprite Diskarte Like A King Challenge Champion and Axl Tolentino of Caloocan is the Panasonic Shooting Stars Champion.
During the three-day basketball event, young athletes from the Special Olympics Philippines experienced the NBA Cares basketball clinic conducted by the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams of the Milwaukee Bucks. Fans present during the weekend at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall were entertained by the Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers’ high-energy halftime routines and L.A. Clippers mascot Chuck the Condor showcased his signature moves and stratospheric dunks.
The official partners of NBA 3X Philippines 2016 presented by Panasonic include CloudFone, Globe Telecom, Touch Mobile, and Sprite, with SM Mall of Asia and Spalding serving as Supporting Partners. Official NBA broadcasters for the event are ABS-CBN Sports and Action, Basketball TV, and NBA Premium TV.