NINE TEAMS TO SEE ACTION IN INAUGURAL WNBL 3X3 TOURNAMENT
A total of nine teams have been tapped to participate in the first WNBL 3x3 tournament, which will be holding a draw on Saturday during the NBL semifinals at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.
WNBL executive vice president Rhose Montreal bared that most of the players come from a free agent ranks who did not sign with a team or were not picked in the league’s draft last year.
“There are a lot of talents when it comes to women’s basketball in the Philippines. We don’t want to limit it to the 5-on-5 platform,” Montreal said.
“Now, we are going to launch a 3×3 professional league,” he continued.
The players competing will also earn Fiba 3×3 points for their participation in the tournament.
Among the teams in the inaugural tourney consist of Uratex Dream, Uratex Tibay, Swish, Dreamers, Amazing, QWBT, Rizal Huskies, MUJI, and Hoop Breakers, with Haydee Ong serving as commissioner, which will be regulated by the Games and Amusements Board.
Uratex Dream will field Kaye Pingol, Tina Deacon, Alyssa Villamor, and Angel Anies, while Uratex Tibay will put up Sam Harada, Eunique Chan, Ford Grajales, and Kat Quimpo.
Playing under Swish are Sunny Lucañas, Eyjay Go, Cheska Maristela, and Carole Monteyola, while Dreamers have Rica Francisco, Leodine Maria Madrid, Ira Canales and Anddre Nikkita Gonzales.
Bennette Revillosa, Dixie Yu, Aiumi Ono, and Ana Thea Cenarosa will suit up for Amazing, while Kathleen Baldovino, Angelica Azarias, Claudine Carbonilla, and Shienna Carbonell will play for QWBT.
Susan Ali Mohamed El Hadad, Michelle Bio, Loraine Gonzalo, and Kat Magsombol will play for Rizal Huskies, Christine Iriss Isip, Judy-Ann Orillana, Francesca Isabel Young, and Hannah Sy for MUJI, and Jastine Mandap, Ma. Ferlynn Decapia, Tiffany Ngo, and Johnria Alette Mendoza for Hoop Breakers.