Bong Go bares plan to set up nationwide three-point shootout

Special assistant to the president Bong Go, an avid basketball fan, plans to put up a national three-point shootout at the barangay level to give Filipinos with a good shooting touch a chance to shine.

"It will be called Go For Hoops, a nationwide three-point shootout," Go said Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum where he watched Game 2 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series between San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra. "It's going to be on the barangay level, and we will bring (three-point) racks to barangay courts.

Go added that "there are many players whose bodies are no longer competitive, but still have the shooting stroke. Let's give them a chance to excel."

Go himself regularly plays and is known to be a good three-point shooter in pick-up games. While talking to the media in the press room he showed videos of him participating in a three-point shootout before a 2015 PBA out-of-town game between TNT and Ginebra. Go scored 13 points in the elimination round and 17 in the championship round to win first place.

"Actually, it was just luck," Go said of his 17-point output.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, who has known Go since 2004, said he is planning a celebrity three-point shootout during the Mindanao leg of the PBA All-Star Week scheduled for May 23 in Digos, Davao Del Sur.

"I will invite Secretary Bong to compete against Allan Caidic, Chris Tiu, one shooter from Gilas and one shooter from the Mindanao team," Marcial said. The All-Star Week format will follow last year's, with the Gilas pool playing three games in three different cities against the Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao All-Stars.

Marcial added he has not yet talked to Caidic and Tiu about his plan but sees no problem in getting them to agree. Go also suggested inviting Terrence Romeo to participate.

This early, Go already has a message for the legendary player known as the Triggerman: "To Allan Caidic, give me a chance."

Go was a fan of Caidic's first PBA team, Great Taste Coffee, because that's where his original PBA idol, Atoy Co, ended up after a stint with Manila Beer following the disbandment of the legendary Crispa Redmanizers.

The original Great Taste franchise was eventually bought by Sta. Lucia, so Go eventually became a fan of the Realtors. Following the lineage of that franchise, Go said he is now a fan of the Meralco Bolts.

"From Crispa I cheered for Great Taste. Then Caidic came in when the team was Presto. Then it was bought by Sta. Lucia (in 1993). Then it was bought by Meralco (in 2010). So my team now is Meralco," he explained.