It was an action-packed first round of eliminations of the Vivo Hoop Battle Championship Philippines.
On July 1, the 3×3 basketball tourney had its first game in Glorietta where 12 teams played against each other. These were Team Ballers, Metro Star Realty, Pio Makati, Arellano University 1, Mamba Army MNL, Team Downtown, New Born: St. Claire College, Bigshot Burger, Glorietta, Zion, Turbo, and Team 3WC.
Team Ballers and Metro Star Realty eventually came out as victors.
The second game was held on July 8 in TriNoma. The teams that played were F4, Alphas, D’Engineers, California Supreme, Fuego Heneral, Bulacan Hoopers, Spartans, Radiant Hoops, Ballerz, Team Mommy Kate, BS Susim Shipping, and Team 3WA.
But the rest were outplayed by F4 and the BS Susim Shipping teams.
During the games, Vivo also gave passionate spectators a chance of see what it feels like to be playing at the 3×3 Hoop Battle court by handpicking three players from the audience to show off their layup, free throw, and 3-point shooting skills. The fastest player to perfectly complete these shots received premium prizes from smartphone brand.
Another 12 teams will then face off on July 15 in South Park for the third leg of the tournament. The last elimination rounds will be on July 22 in Fairview Terraces. All the top two teams per elimination round will advance to the finals to be held on July 29 in Market! Market!
The best two teams will be sent to Guangzhou, China in August 2018 and play against other groups in Asia to claim the Hoop Battle Champion title. Aside from a trip to China for a chance to play at an international basketball game, the two winning teams will get 200,000 Pesos or 100,000 Pesos.
The Hoop Battle Championship is an annual 3×3 basketball tournament held in some districts in China and other Asian countries.