They say all good things come to an end. Sadly, the visit of Brook Lopez and the rest of NBA 3X had to end at one point. But what a way to cap things off! It was a day full of fun activities, good music, and of course, great basketball action. All pure fun.
The afternoon that was packed with Finals events kicked off with a performance by Blush, an up and coming all-female group who represents various Asian countries. The girls took over the jam-packed MOA activity center by storm.
Right after their performance, the basketball action was on the way.
First up was the Finals of the Celebrity Division. In this game, Jon Hall’s crew got the better of Young JV’s. On the Filipino-British model’s team were former NCAA MVP Sudan Daniel and reality TV star Rich Hardin.
As if the ballgame wasn’t enough of a show, fans were treated to an impromptu dance showdown between Sudan and Young JV. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-BGtombBbM&feature=youtu.be)
In the Sprite Skills Challenge, it was the oldest finalist, Jess Carpena, who bagged the trophy with his time of 28.50 seconds. It felt like an ‘Uncle Drew moment’ as he schooled the young ones. (We can’t exactly tell you how old he is because when we asked, he just lied and said 24. But we’re positive he’s not!)
Another much awaited event was the Slam Dunk Contest. It was Ameen Sardouk from De La Salle University who wowed the judges the most, garnering a score of 49 out a perfect 50. You can catch his run here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV4X8us3C1I&feature=youtu.be)
The girls division were played in two further categories – Girls’ 13 to 17 and Girls’ Open. In the 13 to 17 bracket, it was the FEU Lady Tamaraws who brought home the bacon as they defeated the IMS Falcons, 10-7.
In the Girls’ Open category, the Finals was purely all-LPU Pirates affair as its two squads faced off for the trophy. And yes, you got it right, LPU won. Team France May beat Team Jessa, 6-2.
The Boys’ 10 to 12 division had one of the most exciting Finals games of the afternoon. It needed an overtime period to settle. In the end, the Young Hounds were just a little too much for the Berkeley Aquanauts who travelled all way from Baguio.
For the Boys’ 13 to 15, it was the Peacemakers winning it all to the expense of the team from St. Anthony. Final score was 15-10.
AMA Coach Sudan Daniel was torn in the Finals of the Boys’ 16 to 18 as his two teams faced off in the Final. After being tied 4-all at halftime, AMA Juniors A took over the second half to win it 9-5.
In the Men’s Open category, Double Play won the championship after downing AMA Seniors B, 15-10. It was probably the most physical 3-on-3 game ever played. EVER. But we give props to the ballers for playing in the spirit of sportsmanship. All for the love of the game.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Now, the reason why we love these events is because it’s not just about the game of basketball, but also the culture of it. And that’s why, regardless of whether they’re playing or not, mostly everyone puts on their best gear – especially in terms of kicks.
But if we could have given an award for best basketball gear for that day, it would have probably gone to this guy.
photos c/o University Basketball League