3x3 basketball tournament tips off Friday

SUCCESS: In this file photo, a 3x3 basketball team from Guam participated in the International Basketball Foundation Youth Leaders Basketball Cup in Bali from Sept. 7 to 10. From left, clockwise, are Danica Cabrera, senior, Okkodo High School; Richard Angeles, 2018 graduate of Simon Sanchez High School; Dale Bautista, OHS; and Caylani Estoy, 2018 graduate of SSHS. With a trip to the 2019 youth cup at stake, the Guam Youth Leadership Cup 3x3 Basketball Tournament tips off 6:30 p.m. Friday, at the Guam National Basketball Training Center in Tiyan. Photo courtesy of Jon Lujan

The Guam Youth Leadership Cup 3x3 Basketball Tournament, an 18-and-under coed event, tips off 6:30 p.m. Friday, at the Guam National Basketball Training Center in Tiyan.

The 3-day tournament, hosted by the Guam Basketball Confederation, is an official FIBA qualifier for the 2019 International Basketball Foundation Youth Leaders Basketball Cup. The 2019 YLC will take place Sept. 27 to 29 on Bali.

"The level of play is going to be more physical than a 5x5 game," said AJ Carlos, a 2019 Pacific Games 3x3, and 5x5, gold medalist.

Carlos said, compared to 5x5 basketball, "more contact is allowed, and (it's a) faster paced game. 

According to event organizers, players must have active 3x3 accounts and possess a valid U.S. passport. To renew, or secure a FIBA 3x3 account, visit www.play.fiba3x3.com.

The entry fee, per a four-member team, is $40.

The tournament format, dependent upon participation, will be determined before tipoff. 

In 2018, Carlos, a youth leadership representative, mentored Guam’s four-person team. 

The Guam 3x3 team, made up of Richard Angeles, Caylani Estoy, Danica Cabrera, and Dale Bautista competed in the 16-team tournament. The team finished in second place in their pool, advancing to the top eight before falling to the eventual 3x3 champions – the Philippines. 

"It was an awesome and humbling experience to be around the other countries from the Asia area,” Carlos said. "We attended workshops to address social issues back home in our community on Guam.”

For more information, contact Carlos at andrew.carlos124@gmail.com, or Jon Lujan at jlujan1980@yahoo.com.