From Ghetto to Glory: Triple Threat Manila Raises Bar of Philippine Basketball

Twelve competitive teams are ready to rumble in the hard court for one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year, Triple Threat Manila: Shoot for history to be held at Fishermall Playland, Quezon City on June 11, 2017.


Triple Threat Manila, a pre-season 3-on-3 tournament is set to showcase basketball talents for male ages 18-45 years old in a competitive round robin tournament that aims to foster camaraderie and raise the bar of 3×3 basketball in the country.
The teams that will vie for the championship include 42nd Davis, Team Monaco, Team K, Phenoms Basketball, KP, FEU-NRMF Medicine, Dons of the North, Team Onesimus, 3x Tigres Philipinas, Telkha Blitz, Sasmuan All Star, and Free Agents.
The goal of this basketball event is to create different world-class opportunities for all Filipinos to contribute to the development of 3×3 Basketball in the country and be recognized on the world map.
Mr. Rey Guevarra is set to participate in the event to showcase his talents and share his passion in playing 3-on-3 basketball. Triple Threat Manila is set to have different 3×3 basketball tournaments every month that will also cater to collegiate basketball players in unserved areas in the country to raise awareness and promote the surging popularity of 3-on-3 basketball among young players. “We would like also to give priority to those players who are talented yet overlooked or financially incapable in semi-professional and collegiate basketball leagues and be recognized from the streets to the world stage.” said Ms. Kriza Gia Cawan, Varxity Managing Director.
Triple Threat Manila would like to thank the following sponsors: Official Ball Provider Wilson Sports PH, Official Sports Merchandising Partner Toby’s Sports, Official Sports Apparel RSR Athletics, Official Shirt Provider Drifit Factory Philippines, Official nutritional supplement and health care product by USANA sponsored by an independent distributor Ms. Greyzie Bautista and Official Media Partner Powcast.net.
Email the author at: paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com

From ghetto to glory: Triple Threat Manila raises bar of Philippine basketball


Twelve competitive teams are ready to rumble in the hard court for one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year, Triple Threat Manila: Shoot for history to be held at Fishermall Playland, Quezon City on June 11, 2017.
Triple Threat Manila, a pre-season 3-on-3 tournament is set to showcase basketball talents for male ages 18-45 years old in a competitive round robin tournament that aims to foster camaraderie and raise the bar of 3×3 basketball in the country.
The teams that will vie for the championship include 42nd Davis, Team Monaco, Team K, Phenoms Basketball, KP, FEU-NRMF Medicine, Dons of the North, Team Onesimus, 3x Tigres Philipinas, Telkha Blitz, Sasmuan All Star, and Free Agents.
The goal of this basketball event is to create different world-class opportunities for all Filipinos to contribute to the development of 3×3 Basketball in the country and be recognized on the world map.
Mr. Rey Guevarra is set to participate in the event to showcase his talents and share his passion in playing 3-on-3 basketball. Triple Threat Manila is set to have different 3×3 basketball tournaments every month that will also cater to collegiate basketball players in unserved areas in the country to raise awareness and promote the surging popularity of 3-on-3 basketball among young players. “We would like also to give priority to those players who are talented yet overlooked or financially incapable in semi-professional and collegiate basketball leagues and be recognized from the streets to the world stage.” said Ms. Kriza Gia Cawan, Varxity Managing Director.
Triple Threat Manila would like to thank the following sponsors: Official Ball Provider Wilson Sports PH, Official Sports Merchandising Partner Toby’s Sports, Official Sports Apparel RSR Athletics, Official Shirt Provider Drifit Factory Ph, Official nutritional supplement and health care product by USANA sponsored by an independent distributor Ms. Greyzie Bautista and Official Media Partner Powcast.net.
 Email the author at: paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com

​The Bull Squad Scores Big at Red Bull Reign!

May 29, 2017 (MANILA, Philippines) – This past Saturday, 27th, 2017, a total of 8 teams comprised of finalists from the four previous Qualifiers (Cebu, Manila A, Manila B, Last Chance) squared off at the Red Bull Reign Finals at the Nagtahan Bridge Court, Pasig River, in Manila. In the end, the Bull Squad took home the victory and the chance to represent the Philippines at the Red Bull Reign World Finals.
Red Bull Reign is Red Bull’s signature 3×3 basketball tournament that pits hopefuls against one another in a high-endurance, offensive-driven battle that ends with over 15 countries sending their best to compete at the World Finals in Washington DC, USA.

The rules are simple: the team that scores the most overall points in each round will advance until one team remains. 

The final eight (8) teams consisted of:
  • Cove MNL F&B
  • San Remegio Properties
  • Team Santa Rosa
  • Balandra Squad
  • G3 Apparel
  • DABARKADAS
  • Bull Squad
  • Obladi Oblada


The afternoon witnessed a series of exciting round robin-style matches that showcased a number of styles on the court. The semi-finals saw three rounds of intense back-to-back contests between Team Santa Rosa, Bull Squad, Balandra Squad, and G3 Apparel, which consisted of Eric Tai and previous Red Bull King of the Rock Philippine Representative, Willie Miller. Team Santa Rosa and the Bull Squad emerged victorious and advanced to the finals with a total score of 83 to 67.
Following a hotly competitive match, the Bull Squad took home the Philippine Championship, with a final score of 27 to 20. The team consists of Filipino-Canadian PBA hopefuls, Clay Crellin and Glenn Gravengard, Kitt Paolo Balmori, and Team Captain, Obinna Ezeike.
 “The semi-finals were the biggest challenge”, Crellin shares. “We started at 8:30 in the morning, so the other teams had the advantage because they got to rest.”
The Bull Squad came into the semi-finals after having started the day by conquering the Last Chance Qualifiers in the morning. In spite of playing at a physical disadvantage, the Bull Squad managed to dig deep and power through the semi-finals and finals in order to cement their place as the first-ever Red Bull Reign Philippine Champions.

“We were hungry”, said Gravengard. “We wanted it more.”

The Last Chance Qualifier and Finals were held at the Nagtahan Bridge Court, Pasig River, Manila. The event was attended by members of the local Barangay, who had supported Red Bull’s efforts to clean up their portion of the Pasig River the weekend before. In addition, Red Bull Doodle Art finalists, Rojan Elmo Barcelon and Manuel “Meow Meow” Liwanag, created murals at the base of the bridge, just across the street from the court.

“I’m very happy to have Red Bull here and its activities,” said Barangay Chairwoman Purisima P. Albasin. ”I’m very proud of my court and it really brings a lot to my Barangay and the people who live here.”
PBA veteran Vince Hizon served as director, overseeing each back-to-back match-up throughout the entire duration of the tournament. “This has been incredible. 3×3 is a great way for teams and individuals to really improve their skill and hone their craft. I’m happy for the Bull Squad, they really are the best team to represent the country at the World Finals.”

The Bull Squad advances to the Red Bull Reign World Finals in Washington DC, USA, later this year. The Philippine Champions had a simple message to send to their international competition: “You better watch out, we’re coming!”
For more information, please visit: redbull.com/reign

Bull Squad will represent PH in Red Bull Reign World Finals in Washington DC

After 3 gruelling days of competition, Philippines finally crowned its representatives in Washington DC for the Red Bull Reign 3-on-3 World Finals that will be held later in the year.

The Bull Squad, led by Fil-Canadians Clay Crellin and Glenn Gravengard, ruled the Red Bull 3-on-3 tournament to represent the PH flag in USA.

The half brothers were just to much for the other teams specially in the championship game where they outlasted an All-Filipino squad, Team Sta. Rosa via 27-20 in front of hundreds of people in Nagtahan Bridge Court.

They edged Willie Miller-led G3 to make the finals due to superior quotient, flaunted an outstanding shooting and ball handling skills while defending Team Sta. Rosa’s three point shooting which is their bread and butter throughout the competition.

 

Their 2 other members who contibuted good numbers as well are Nigerian, Obinna Ezeike and Filipino, Kitt Balmori.

Red Bull Reign also presented a Slam Dunk Competition which won by High-flyer David Carlos.
He was just too much for other dunkers as he jump over a motorcycle for a one-handed windmill dunk and leaping over two people in his final dunk.

Red Bull Reign 3-on-3 Basketball Manila Qualifier B Results

List of Participating Teams:
  • Bracker A
    • Dos
    • RBreezy
    • NCE Team
    • Pinay Warriors
    • Rising Star
  • Bracket B
    • Fighting Spirit
    • Laguna Hotshots
    • Titans 8B
    • Ball is Life
    • Papa Cologne
  • Bracket C
    • Team Vipers
    • Ballers Republic
    • Buhay Bola
    • G3
    • Derivatives
  • Bracket D
    • Obladi Oblada
    • Ballers
    • Jaguars
    • Mage
    • San Agustin
    • Titan 8
Rules and Regulation:
  • Running Time
  • Everyone should get the ball out of the 3 point line in every change o ball possession.
  • Team were divided into 4 brackets
  • Each team will play one another.
  • Top 2 team with highest accumulated scores of each bracket will move to the next level (same rules applies in final round)

It was an endurance game for the team who advances to the next round as we have 21 total team who registered on the Manila Qualifier B. They took almost 5 hours to determine who will be the top 2 teams that will play today for the finals.

Here’s the breakdown of the winners (top 2) per bracket and per round

  • Teams who advances to the Round 2
    • Bracket A
      • NCE Team
      • Rising Team
    • Bracket B
      • Laguna Hotshots
      • Ball is Life
    • Bracket C
      • Buhay Bola
      • G3
    • Bracket D
      • Obladi Oblada
      • Mage
  • Teams who advances to the Final Round
    • Laguna Hotshots
    • Buhay Bola
    • G3
    • Obladi Oblada
During the final round it was Willie Miller who took the spotlight as he helped his team, G3 to finished in top 2. However his team only managed to win 1 out of their final 3 games it was their accumulated score helped them. They finished with 32 points while Obladi Oblada joined them as they finished with 31 points.

It was a sorry loss to Laguna Hotshots as they are just 2 points behind to be in the top 2. Meanwhile, Buhay Bola round up the final round with 26 points.

G3 and Obaldi Oblada will play Team Sta. Rosa, Balandra Squad together plus the winner of the Last Chance Qualifer that will start early today.