The team from Barangay Sto. Cristo of Tarlac City was recently crowned champion of the RC Cola Liga ng Bayan after beating rivals from Malolos, 20-18, during the grand finals of the Luzon-wide 3x3 basketball tournament organized by ARC Refreshments Corp., maker of RC Cola products in the Philippines.
Sto. Cristo’s Wency Sagun was also named Most Valuable Player in the largest 3x3 basketball tournament ever organized in the country that saw some 3,000 students aged 12 to 16 from different barangays in Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Metro Manila, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Pangasinan and Tarlac compete for the RC Cola Liga ng Bayan title and cash prize from March 23 to May 26.
“We are so happy to win the championship. We did not expect it, we just played our best,” said 14-year-old Sagun, who uncorked a rally in the final game against Malolos and tied the score at 18 all via the free throw line with a minute remaining before making back-to-back baskets in the dying seconds to cap his team’s successful campaign in the RC Cola Liga ng Bayan.
“We are so thankful to RC Cola for giving us this opportunity,” added Sagun, who, together with his teammates — Francis Kurt dela Cruz, Luis Gabriel Flores and Nhil Angelo Mangoba — received P50,000 cash prize from ARC Refreshments Corp. plus incentives for their barangay.
“One of the reasons why RC Cola is doing this tournament is to teach kids important values such as hard work, perseverance, and sportsmanship. We at RC Cola adhere to the same values,” added James Loverio, head of marketing of ARC Refreshments Corporation.