Before some of the Philippine basketball pros marked their names in the big stage, the popular backyard pick up game three-on-three back ignited the dream they are now living.
Leaning on that notion, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Davao goes back to the roots where the dreaming all started as they unleashed the 2019 edition of the SBP inter-barangay 3×3 basketball Davao City leg on Tuesday at the Davao City Recreation Center (DCRC).
Barangay 10-A composed of Joemarie Dela Cruz, Mark Baguio, John Renan Limboy and Vincent Troyo romped through the competition to win the boys division.
Barangay Bucana, bannered by Leonella Luisa Javier, Joanne Arab, Chady Joy Bucao and Mary Jane Ortega, will also move forward in the regional level after winning the distaff side of the one-day competition.
The barangay edition champions will compete against school-based teams in the Davao Region in a much tougher competition. Regional champions will represent Davao Region in the SBP 3×3 National Finals.
A total of 20 teams in the boys division and seven teams in the girls class fought for supremacy and the slot to the SBP 11 3×3 inter barangay regional championship on October 5 and 6 at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center.
Meanwhile, the back-to-barangay basketball program is the brainchild of SBP Davao regional director and Presidential Adviser on Sports Glenn Escandor as executed by SBP Davao executive program officer Ronel Leuterio who genuinely intended to extend the organizations reach to less privileged yet skilled hoopsters in Davao City.
“SBP 11 organized this tournament to give the less privileged out of school youth the chance to compete and play basketball,” Leuterio said.
Apart from opening opportunities and building bridges to marginalized areas, Leuterio said the competition is in line with the administration’s drive to keep children away from drugs and focus on sports.
“This serves as a tool to keep the out of school youth away from vices,” he added.
Leuterio, however, said the heart of this program is to pave the way for the less privileged basketeers to be discovered someday and earn a degree through the sport.
“Who knows by this tournament some of you might get scholarship grant from some schools,” Leuterio said.
SBP Davao launched the barangay competitions in 2017 and it was opened to 100 barangays in Davao City. Surprisingly, the girls division champion in the barangay leg soared to the top and snared the National Finals title that year. From there the barangay edition is continuously included in the eliminations of the SBP 3×3.