PBA vets slide to 3x3

SPORTING CHANCE - Joaquin M. Henson - The Philippine Star

PBA 3x3 chairman Dicky Bachmann said yesterday the brand-new 3x3 league will open Aug. 21 with games to be played on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. spanning six weekend legs and a grand finals for each of the three conferences this season.

So far, only two “externalteams have confirmed their participationthe Zamboanga Valientes and Pioneer Adhesives with the payment of the P2 million entry fee. Each squad is required to submit a roster of a minimum four players and a max of six. The minimum salary for each player is P50,000 and the max is P150,000 a month. Two more teams, Platinum Karaoke and Big Boss Cement, are lined up to join. Master Sardines and Geanaux Systems Corp. earlier expressed interest to participate. Hapee Toothpaste and AMA also inquired about the rules of engagement. Bachmann said hes still finalizing the battlelines and should confirm the list of participating teams by the end of next week.

Of the 12 PBA franchises, only Alaska and Blackwater wont play. The Aces are sitting it out because Bachmann, whos in the PBA Board as Alaska governor, heads the 3x3 committee. Blackwater is looking for a sponsor to take over its slot. Several PBA veterans are sliding to 3x3, including Larry Fonacier, Maurice Shaw and Kyles Lao of NLEX; L.A. Revilla, Jervy Cruz and Sean Manganti of NorthPort; Dexter Maiquez of Meralco; Joseph Eriobu of Rain Or Shine; Roider Cabrera and Matt Salem of Terrafirma; Nico Salva and Mike Gamboa of Phoenix; Almond Vosotros, Samboy de Leon and Lervin Flores of TNT; and Louie Vigil, Bacon Austria and Dano de Guzman of San Miguel Beer. Magnolia and Ginebra are still forming their 3x3 lineups. Ginebra assistant coach Kirk Collier said hes conducting tryouts for 12 candidates today.

The ValientesPBA veterans are MacMac Cardona, Gabby Espinas, J. R. Cawaling and Rudy Lingganay. While Platinum has yet to confirm its participation, the team has already submitted its roster, including PBA veterans Dylan Ababou and Karl Dehesa. Fil-foreigners who werent able to enter the PBA draft this year but are ready to play 3x3 are Jason Brickman of Meralco, Jeremiah Grey of TNT and Brandon Rosser of Phoenix. Others in rosters are Franky Johnson, Ken Mocon and R. J. Argamino of Rain Or Shine; Jebb Bulawan, Terrence Tumalip, Mico Custodio and Dhon Reverente of Terrafirma; Tonino Gonzaga of Meralco; Reymar Caduyac and Toci Tansingco of Phoenix; Jeff Manday, Paul Gulfo and James Mangahas of San Miguel Beer; A.C. Soberano and Dave Murrell of NLEX; J.R. Alabanza and Chris de Chavez of Platinum; Gino Jumao-as and Mohammad Salim of Zamboanga; and Mark Olayon of NorthPort.

Tournament director Joey Guanio, a member of PBA deputy commissioner Eric Castros operations staff, said there will be a P100,000 first prize, P50,000 second prize and P30,000 third prize for each leg. The grand finals will put up P1 million for the champion, P350,000 for the runner-up and P150,000 for the third placer in each of the three conferences in a season.

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