‘3x3 first before 5-on-5’

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PBA commissioner Willie Marcial has said they are looking to get the inaugural 3x3 tournament off the ground before the 5x5 competition tips off.

“Bubuoin natin yung 3x3. Baka nga sana mabuo natin bago pa magsimula ang PBA 5-on-5. Sana masimulan natin ng Marso,” said the affable official during his appearance on the Power and Play program by former league commissioner Noli Eala.

The PBA’s 3x3 tournament has been on the backburner since last year but was shelved because of the global health crisis. However, Marcial said the planning for the first tournament is coming along and they are even welcoming several new teams.

“At least four to five per team at may mga gustong pumasok pa. Bukod sa 12 teams natin, may gusto pang pumasok na three to five teams sa 3x3. Ang dami. Mabibigyan natin ng hanapbuhay ang mga yun,” said Marcial.

Aside from giving players opportunities, the 3x3 league will also help the country gain precious ranking points to help elevate the Philippines’ standing in the 3x3 field. (JNP)