Sprite Uncontainable Game – Post Event Write-Up
Photos by: Donald Ancheta
The Mall of Asia Music Hall turned into the coolest spot for urban lifestyle lovers when the NBA 3X brought the best parts of street basketball to Manila. Partnering with Sprite, the NBA 3X sought to search for the best 3-on-3 basketball players all around the metro – with none other than Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets keeping a careful eye on the young and talented athletes. The observant audience member would notice some of the athletes were wearing a green armband; more on that later.
The NBA 3X event was actually split into two venues (a LOT of 3-on-3 teams joined). Afternoon and evening match-ups were held at the Mall of Asia Music Hall, while some of the evening games were held at the PICC. Players who had to play at the PICC were shuttled there by the organizers.
Before tip-off, the audience was also treated to really hot performances by Charlotte cheerleaders. Stuff the Magic Dragon also made an appearance, even breakdancing in front of an energetic crowd! Music in the form of hip hop beats DJ’d live, as well as a live drums medley really gave the event a ‘street’ feel. “Taggers” (graffiti artists) also showcased some on-the-spot works for the crowd.
Now back to the mysterious green armbands. The players with these armbands are a special bunch. Why? It’s because they are eligible for the Sprite Uncontainable Game – Philippines, where the best and the most talented ballers will have their skills matched against each other. The prize, should they be chosen, would be a chance to compete for a spot in either Team Sudden or Team Intense. These teams will be led by LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, respectively, in the 2013 All-Star Game. So yes, the stakes were high.
The players opting to try out for Team Intense had to showcase speed, agility, and accuracy, and the talent-spotters (Brook Lopez among them) had a tough time picking out the very best – simply because the fast and agile game is such a good match to the Pinoy physique. Team Sudden of LeBron, on the other hand, had to dominate the game – literally. These players were expected to have powerful, aggressive plays that utilized heavy dunks and strong movement.
The final announcement of the Uncontainable Winners’ final roster will be this December, so watch out for that! Hopefully, we can get a Pinoy baller in there!
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