Philippine Basketball Breaks World Record – A True Testament That ‘Basketball Never Stops’
The Philippines is a basketball crazy country, we always see makeshift basketball courts and players running around barefoot.
Last Monday, 24 players gathered up in Meralco gym to play for the country. It may not have been televised or watched by thousands of fans, but it was definitely a part of sports history.
Philippine Basketball Breaks World Record
With high spirits, the Philippine Basketball Marathon participants set out to do what they are meant to do: they established a new world record in longest non-stop basketball. The player logged over 120 hours of continuous play from 9am of Monday to 9am of Saturday, breaking the previous record of 112 hours that the Missouri Athletic Club made in 2012.
Players of Team Bounce Back and Team Walang Iwanan are Larry Macapanpan, Owen Mabaga, Robbie Dell Macatbag, John Ray Mappala, Sandy Cenal, Abraham Compuesto III, Evan Lazana, Carlo Ferdinand Vasquez, Helino Francisco Jr., Kerr Bangeles, Harold Lomtong, Luis Jay Volante, Santos Tominio, Justo Quita Jr., Hazel Foja, Robert Clark Bear, Paul Michael dela Pena, Adin Rome Santos, Renell Montecillo, Jopet Quiro, lady baller Maricar Convencido and American participants Tony Tatar, Chuck Williams and Jeffrey Moore pushed through physical, mental and spiritual weariness and played with more than 33,515points.
The team had endured everything for the 6 days not just to break the World Record, but also to raise funds for Typhoon Yolanda survivors.
Guinness Director for records management team Turath Alsaraf awarded the certificate to Jacques Ruby, CEO of Access (Asian Cable Enterprises Inc.) and participants.
“It’s overwhelming. It shows that the Filipinos are really world beaters,” said Discovery-ACCESS chief operating officer Jacques Ruby.
Though the goal has been reached, basketball never stops and the team will not stop giving back. Philippine Basketball Marathon will continue in helping Typhoon Yolanda survivors as they are teaming up with Gawad Kalinga to build a basketball court in Negros Occidental.