Kings SPC 3-0n-3 Basketball Tournament in Zamboanga City PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00

World champion boxer, Congressman, and now Kia basketball coach/player Manny Pacquiao (MP) will surely captivate more hearts of Zamboangueños. He is fully supporting (who knows he might drop by) the Kings SPC (Sports Performance Center) Basketball 3-on-3 Tournament being handled by his Zamboanga Pacman Sport Coordinator Junie Navarro. This is the first and a thrilling basketball sport event this October in Zamboanga City.

The concept of the game will be like the Nike 3-On-3 in America. This kind of basketball tournament will only have 3-players with one basketball ring and has a shorter basketball playing time of only 15 minutes. But nevertheless, it is considered a gripping basketball game as all the basketball rules are being followed. It never fails to give the players and the audience the adrenaline rush of excitement.

Manila-based Junie is overseeing personally this basketball tournament which he said proudly is acknowledged worldwide by FIBA (Federation of International Basketball Association). This is a good exposure and to discover potential and good basketball players in our city he beams. This is the main reason why he is back in town - encourage and bring more local basketball players to play in the big basketball leagues. For those who will not be qualified for Manila, it will keep people young or old from being street standby or being influence by bad drugs, which is the sports advocacy of Junie.

By the way, Junie runs a sport management agency in Manila that is named after him, Junie Navarro Sports Management (JNSM), Inc.  A good basketball player himself, Junie has traveled in other cities to play with his Zamboanga Team which he manages. His team, Pacman Zamboanga, was the only team from the Philippines who played recently in the US Basketball Association of LA in California, USA.

For years, Junie has been sponsoring and taking good care several Zamboangueño basketball players in Manila who are now playing in different professional and university basketball teams. They are Araof Julkipil of Adamson University, Gino Jumaos of UE, Jonathan Belorio of MP Hotel League, Jonathan Pareno of Kia, and Alvin Marquez of San Sebastian among others.

He also opened the first sport endurance center in our city - the Kings SPC Sports Science Training Center in M. Calixto Street. Unlike other gyms, the center aims to give players the right body tone and strengths to last longer in any sports game they are into.

Prior to this event, a free basketball clinic was conducted by San Miguel Coffee Mixers star player and Zamboangueño Mark Barroca in our city two weeks ago which Junie coordinated. Barroca flew in from Manila with referees and coaches courtesy of Congressman Pacquiao.

Witness the Kings SPC 3-0n-3 tomorrow night, October 17, 8pm, beside Big Dawg Bistro in Pasonanca. 15 teams will be playing for the champion rounds which will be held the following day October 18 at the same venue. For details call 0917-4385814 or 0927-8637886.

1 Corinthians 9:25 “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”

By: Dante Corteza