FEU, NU defend UAAP 3×3 crown

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Far Eastern University and National University stake their men’s and women’s 3×3 basketball tournament crowns in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 81 starting Saturday at the Ayala Malls Feliz in Pasig City.

Wendel Comboy and Kenneth Tuffin are coming back to join forces with Alec Stockton and Clifford Jopia for the Tamaraws’ back-to-back title bid.

FIBA 3×3 campaigner Jack Danielle Aninam, Ria Nabalan, Monique del Carmen and Congolese Rhena Itesi will spearhead the Lady Bulldogs.

Men’s action tips off at 12:05 p.m. while hostilities in the distaff side will start earlier at 11:30 a.m.

Tournament format calls for a single-round eliminations, with the top four teams advancing to Sunday’s knockout semifinals. The finals, which is also a one-game affair, will also be played later in the day.

University of the Philippines pulled all stops with FIBA 3×3 veterans Ricci Rivero, Kobe Paras and brothers Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño.

Not far behind is Ateneo de Manila University, which will be bannered by Thirdy Ravena, Matt Nieto, Matthew Daves and Ivorian Ange Kouame.

University of Santo Tomas, which did not parade a men’s team last season, will make its 3×3 debut behind Renzo Subido, Soulemane Chabi Yo, Dave Ando and Rhenz Abando.

Adamson University’s Jerrick Ahanmisi, Simon Camacho, Jerom Lastimosa and Keith Zaldivar, De La Salle’s Jordan Bartlett, Mark Dyke, Christian Manaytay and Encho Serrano, and NU’s Daniel Chatman, JV Gallego, Michael Malonzo and Karl Penano complete the seven-team field.

University of the East, last year’s runner-up, is not fielding a men’s team in the two-day competition.