Top global smartphone brand Vivo and Ayala Malls Synergies Inc. have partnered to bring China’s widely-popular HoopBattle Championship 3×3 (HBC) in the Philippines to provide Filipino teams an opportunity to shine in the 3×3 arena.
A total of 48 teams will be selected to compete in the Philippine leg of the tournament, to be called the Vivo HoopBattle Championship Philippines, which will be held in selected Ayala Malls namely Glorietta, Trinoma, Market Market, Fairview Terraces and South Park from July 1 to 29.
According to Vivo Vice President for Sales Hazel Bascon, the Vivo HoopBattle Championship Philippines is the first HBC event outside China. The tournament was brought to the country because of basketball’s popularity in the Philippines.
HBC started in China from 2015 with the vision to highlight the best upcoming talents of basketball in the country. With its rising popularity, HBC has quickly expanded to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Chengdu, Kunming, Foshan, Hongkong, and Taiwan.
HBC will be played under the strict guidelines of FIBA. The top two (2) teams will not only receive cash prizes but will also get an all-expense paid trip to China in October to compete in the HBC Final to against teams from China, where larger cash prizes are at stake.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN S+A will air updates on the tournament on its daily sports newscast “The Score” and will broadcast the Hoop Battle Finals LIVE on July 29.
Aspiring teams can soon view the details of the league as well as download the application forms at www.hoopbattle.ph. Submission of application forms is on June 3, 2018. The final list of teams, which will be outfitted by Planet Sports in the tourney, will be announced on June 10.
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