FIFTY-SIX teams are participating in the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas 3×3 Basketball U-16 Region 6 Finals 2018 on Sept. 30 at the Ateneo de Iloilo gym in Iloilo City.
There are 40 boys’ teams and 16 girls’ teams, event operations head Bayani Ladrido told Panay News.
Joining the boys category are Alimodian, Antique Tibiao, Antique Team, Patnongon Team, Assumption Passi, Ateneo de Iloilo, Team Pison, CenterPhil Montessori, Team Janiuay, Central Philippine University Golden Lions, and University of San Agustin Eagles.
Others are Von Eagles, Georgia Academy, Oton, Guimaras, Hua Siong Main, Hua Siong Ledesco, Iloilo City National High School, Integrated Academy of Pototan, Integros Kabalans, JMNHS, Lapuz District, MIA Calinog, Marians Ball Club, Pavia, Purisima Roxas City, Purisima B, Brgy. Baybay, Santa Clarita, Team Primes, St. Roberts, Team Panda, Tigbauan, Ninja, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, PAREF-Westbridge, TJ7 Bacolod, and Spartan Bacolod.
Playing in the girls category are Alimodian, Antique A, San Jose, Antique Patnongon, CPU, Guimaras, ICNHS, ICSSC, Pavia, Angels Bbol Team, Passi, Pototan Nasyo, Pink Panther, UNO-R, WVSU, ICNHS B.
“Aklan did not participate in the tournament because of conflict of schedule while Bacolod Tay Tung High School was also absent since they will have their Nopsscea there,” Ladrido said.
The champions in the two categories will advance to the National Finals from Oct. 19 to 22 at the Harrison Plaza mall in Pasay City.
Even if his IBO world bantamweight championship is not on the line, Filipino boxer Michael Dasmariñas is still determined to make an impression when he faces Manyo Plange of Ghana on Sunday night in Singapore.
In his first appearance since capturing the world title belt at the expense of Karim Guerfil of France, Dasmariñas said he hopes to continue his winning streak when he make his ring return.
“My last fight was the best of my career. Karim Guerfi was the fourth-ranked fighter in the World Boxing Council while I was ranked 12th,” Dasmariñas told ESPN 5.
“I was really inspired to fight well because I took it as a challenge,” he added. “(Plange’s) is good. We’re both heavy hitters. My advantage is my experience because I have more fights compared to him,” he added.
Dasmariñas said he knew there was a lot at stake in the match, including the possibility of him contesting for the world bantamweight championships in the WBC and the IBF.
“My training now is just like what I did before in preparation for my last fight,” he said. “My training in Japan is a huge help because I sparred with a super bantamweight world champion (Ryosuke Iwasa). He was also strong so it was a great experience for me.”
The match between Dasmariñas (28-2-0, 19 KOs) and Plange (17-0-0, 15 KOs) will be shown on the ESPN 5 website./PN