IN basketball, height is might..
But for Isolation Basketball Championships (IBC) founder-president Justin Tan, there are other things to consider.
The correct weight of the player is one of them.
“We know height is might in basketball. Totoo yun. But the weight of the player is also very important,” said Tan in the latest edition of the TOPS “Usapang Sports on Air” via Zoom last Thursday.
“This is one of the reasons why I am now promoting the IBC. I believe this is the first-ever one-on-one tournament divided into weight categories, like in boxing or UFC,” added Tan, also the team owner-coach of the Mindoro Tamaraws in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
“We all know basketball is a team sport, but the game is evolving. Nakakasabay naman tayo sa world, pero we also have to develop individual skills training,” explained Tan during the forum supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
“The concept is very similar to boxing or UFC that players will play in their own weight categories. In a featherweight class, players will play each other in a three-round game, race-to-30 points. But it will be high-action, physical game,” added Tan, who is also best remembered for piloting the La Salle-Greenhills to multiple SBP National Championships 12-under titles.
“We will not look at the height, but the weight of the player. Dapat lagi kundisyon. So, kung 6-5 ka and 140 lbs, pwede mo makalaban yun 5-8 ang height pero 140 lbs din ang weight,” he explained.
“The unique part is that before the game, magkakaroon ng weigh-in. Height maybe a factor, but weight also. We want to promote fitness sa mga athletes natin. Kailangan kundisyon.”
Tan said the event is open to all players, both pro and amateurs.
“Kung papayagan naman tayo ng PBA, MPBL at iba pang mga liga, mas maganda dahil additional exposure ito sa mga players. Hindi naman lahat nagagamit sa 5-on-5. May extra exposure at extra income sa mga players, so I think malaki talaga ang maitutulong nito,” explained Tan, who also played for Wang’s Basketball in the PBA D-League.
“But of course, we will screen all the participants to make sure that games will be competitive,”added Tan, who trained under veteran coaches Buds Reyes, Coy Banal, Brit Reroma, Hubert Delos Santos, and Chito Victolero.
Tan, who also served as head coach for the Metro League team Solid San Juan, also had big plans for the Mindoro Tamaraws in the MPBL.
“We (Tamaraws) have acquired Teytey Teodoro, who played for Ginebra. His brother is one of our coaches. He should be a good fit in our system,” explained Tan, who took over as coach of the Tamaraws in 2018.
“Naapektuhan din talaga yun takbo ng team during this pandemic. But we always assure our players to remain positive, na matatapos din itong pandemic.We always encourage them,” added Tan, who also briefly handled the Pampanga Lanterns in the MPBL Datu Cup where he went 2-2.