PBA taps Eric Altamirano as 3x3 tournament director

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2021 06:24 PM | Updated as of Jan 28 2021 07:42 PM

PBA taps Eric Altamirano as 3x3 tournament director 1
Newly-appointed PBA 3x3 tournament director Eric Altamirano. File photo. 

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATED) A few short months after stepping away from Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3, Eric Altamirano is back in the 3x3 scene.

The PBA announced Thursday that they have appointed Altamirano as the tournament director of their upcoming 3x3 competition, which they plan to start in the next season of the league.

Alaska team governor Dickie Bachmann was tasked to put the 3x3 division together. Aside from Altamirano, Phoenix team governor Raymond Zorilla and NorthPort team governor Eric Areola as well as Joey Guanio and Ronnie Magsanoc of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas are also part of the PBA's 3x3 committee.

"For me, it's a no-brainer," Bachmann said of naming Altamirano as tournament director. "He's experienced in running the 3-on-3, and I guess I'm gonna learn from him, the PBA is gonna learn from him also. So it makes sense to hire someone who handled everything on 3-on-3."

Altamirano was the commissioner of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 for two years, a stretch that saw the country rise in the FIBA 3x3 rankings and earn a spot in the Olympic qualifying tournament. In 2020, the league turned professional, and successfully held its President's Cup at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba in early November.

Shortly after the conclusion of the President's Cup, Altamirano left his post as commissioner.

Bachmann will meet with Altamirano next week to discuss the details of the competition.

"By next week, we will know when we'll start," Bachmann said. "We'll coordinate with the PBA."

So far, they have received commitments from almost all of the PBA teams that they will join the 3x3 competition. Four or five guest teams will also take part, according to Bachmann.

Among the initial plans is to hold the 3x3 games in pocket tournaments throughout the season, with teams playing for prize money just like in FIBA events. The pocket tournaments will run for two to three days, to be held in between conferences.

They are also in talks with FIBA, to determine if they can participate in the 3x3 World Tour and Masters events.

"We are discussing with FIBA representatives, together with Ronnie also. And we will get everything done, hopefully by next week to give you a clear idea of what's happening," said Bachmann. "But we are in contact with FIBA."

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