Alley-oops and crossovers: Global Hoops brings streetball action to Manila
MANILA, Philippines - Streetball at its finest converged on Manila.
It is already exciting to watch streetball action in the screen but to see it live is another thing—the hype is unbelievable. Organized by King Bally Events and Production, Global Hoops 2016 brought some of the biggest names in the industry at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, August 20.
Streetball legend Philip Champion, also known as Hot Sauce, spearheaded the Court Kingz (team USA) alongside Doug Anderson, David Gabriel and Jah-mani Swanson while players More Free, Aking, Bigmax, Nazgul, ISO and Yeser bannered Team China (RPZ).
Team Philippines was represented by Jimmy Alapag, Don Allado, Wesley Gonzales, Rich Alvarez, Jeron Teng, Willie Miller, Nino Ventura, Jonathan Egea, John Publico, Ren Ren Ritualo and Don Allado.
“We have the Ateneo-La Salle team to have more crowd and at the same time we got the best players from PBA because this is one in a lifetime event and I want everything in its maximum level,” said event organizer and King Bally Events and Production CEO Al delos Reyes.
Philippines’ Ventura, who goes by the monicker the Lil Flash, battled it out with Master Jeng in a 1-on-1 exhibition match to start-off the night. Court Kingz’ Master Jeng took the spotlight with a 7-4 win.
Meanwhile, the Court Kingz was unstoppable as they reigned supreme over RPZ and Team Philippines both in 5-on-5 matches.
An impressive alley-oop from Jumpin Joe to Mr. Viral sealed the night as the dominating Court Kingz defeated Team Philippines.
“It was hard to make this event possible because we have three different team from three countries,” said delos Reyes. “But we really pushed this through because we want exhibition games that will help promote basketball.”
All throughout the night, nonstop alley-oops, dunks, dribbling artistry and free-wheeling ball handling were witnessed in the spectacular event.
Moreover, performances from Quest, Andrew E., Abra, Loonie and other local hiphop artists joined to entertain the fans.
“This event is really for the young kids because this [streetball] will help them do better things instead of doing bad stuff like drugs,” delos Reyes said.
Delos Reyes believes that through Global Hoops, streetball in the Philippines will gain more popularity and unite more people together despite our height disadvantage.
“When I organized this event, it’s really my intention to make people see that despite our height disadvantage as Filipinos, we still have other options like speed and agility. We could be also competitive when it comes to streetball,” Delos Reyes quipped. – Rappler.com