NBA 3X Philippines 2017 presented by AXA reached an all-time high in popularity this year with increased participation from Metro Manila and provincial teams joining the various age group categories of the seven-year old 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
Fifty six out of 176 participating teams survived the qualifiers held at Don Bosco Makati on July 15-16. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals matches of the Boys Under-13, Under-16, and Under-18, Girls Under-18, Men’s Open and Women’s Open were staged at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on July 22-23.
Nike Basketball redefines the limits of the game this season with its latest and most innovative shoe – the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit. Designed to extend the shoe’s legacy with its action-oriented nature expressed in sleek, minimalistic lines, the newest Hyperdunk sports a modern twist to its classic look.
Tucked inside its very soul is the game-changer for cushioning. Called React, the all-new Nike foam is quite the experience. Soft and ultra responsive as it is strong and stable, the cushioning foam reacts swiftly to every step, then bounces back to its original state, ensuring the player a consistent energy uplift every minute of every game.
Serving as the catalyst in NLEX’s strong 2-0 start, young guard Kevin Alas emerged as the first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week behind his inspired plays in the opening week of the Governors’ Cup.
The six-foot guard kicked off NLEX’s campaign by banging in 20 points, hauling down 8 rebounds and issuing 4 assists to lead the Road Warriors past Alaska, 112-104, last Wednesday in the opening game of the season-ending conference.
Curiously, Alas has gone up 3-0 in his head-to-head this season with his father Louie, who serves as the deputy coach of Alex Compton at Alaska.
Alas then submitted another all-around stats line of 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block as NLEX hacked KIA, 100-93.
The former Letran star easily beat out Phoenix guard RJ Jazul, Meralco’s Chris Newsome, Rain or Shine’s Maverick Ahanmisi and Star veteran PJ Simon for the weekly citation.
The Road Warriors are determined to move forward following a woeful 4-win total in the first two conferences this season.
Alas and the Road Warriors will be shooting for a 3-0 start, the franchise’s first if ever under coach Yeng Guiao when they take on Rain or Shine on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Across the world, basketball’s pulse speeds up in the summer. Local, national and global icons are cemented in gyms and on city concrete as skills are refined for every circumstance, from earning your name to mounting a championship defense, from pick-up play to pro-am tournaments.
Nowhere is this verve for the sport more evident than in basketball’s global capitals: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Manila, Beijing and Madrid. Each of these cities carries a distinct competitive fire, and each a unique flare for the game.
A lot of basketball fans are excited for the 2017-18 NBA season. But basketball fans who are gamers are more excited for the upcoming release of 2K Sports’ NBA 2K18.
Featured on the cover of NBA 2K18 is Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ahead of the release of the much-anticipated video game, a few players, including Kyrie, were asked what they thought their ratings are in NBA 2K18 and why they deserved that rating.
Photo c/o Nike.com
Announced in June 2015, Nike’s partnership with the NBA begins with the 2017-18 season. Today, and prior to a major launch in early fall, Nike and the NBA release details of four new primary uniforms and give a first glimpse of the league champion’s Association jersey.
After dropping their opener against Canada, Gilas Pilipinas broke into the win column in the 39th William Jones Cup with an 88-72 victory over Chinese Taipei Blue on Sunday.
Christian Standhardinger had an impressive game, finishing with a double-double of 17 points and 15 boards, while Kiefer Ravena scattered 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Matthew Wright also chipped in 17 markers, going 4-of-8 from deep.
Here are some of the game highlights c/o Sports5:
Gilas Pilipinas is currently in Taiwan for the 39th William Jones Cup. Aside from looking to defend the crown in this nine-day tournament, the young national team will also use the Jones Cup as a training ground for upcoming international tournaments.
Here’s the TV schedule of all the games of Gilas Pilipinas:
A huge chunk of my childhood was spent watching basketball games on TV. Whether it was the NBA or the PBA, I really enjoyed the competitiveness of the game.
My love for basketball only grew when I hit high school. My classmates and I would talk about the PBA most of the time, and during recess or lunch breaks we’d even play 3-on-3 inside the classroom — with the door as our hoop, emulating our favorite PBA players.
I was a huge Alaska fan growing up, mostly because of Johnny Abarrientos. I was short when I was a kid so I looked up to players who could do wonders on the court despite their size, and Johnny A was the epitome of that. I had an affinity for the way he played the game — he gave it his all and didn’t shy away from bigger opponents. He always seemed to make the right play at the right time, not succumbing to pressure.
Another player I admired watching was Vergel Meneses because of his artistic moves, which at the time were insane. He’d do things on the court that would make you just go, “WOW.” That’s why during the 90s, I rooted for Alaska and Sunkist.
The other day I chanced upon a photo album of shirts from the Epic Wear Facebook page. I had never heard of them before but the photos they posted caught my eye because they were selling shirts that featured monikers of old school PBA stars.
I know these weren’t official PBA merchandise but the shirts looked dope and paid tribute to all the players we miss watching. Nostalgic, right? Reminded me of how exciting and fun the PBA was back in the day.
I just posted a few favorites here, but you can check out the complete collection here. You can cop these shirts at P350 each. Message Epic Wear on Facebook for details.