A talented pool of young Cochrane basketball players will be competing in an open 3-on-3 basketball challenge in Calgary on June 25 that serves as a qualifier for higher-level tournaments.

Cochrane is sending three teams of five players to the tournament with most of the players coming from Cochrane.

They include Prince Cuesta, Sam Smilski, Max Sauter, Charles Ventura, Bench Bence, Harold Padilla, AJ Malibiran, Dave Ramada, and John Kenneth Sasi.

Bryan Verdillo says the skill displayed by the Cochrane players at the 3-on-3 tournament held here on Apr. 17 left an impression.

"It's a good achievement for our town," says Verdillo, "because now we're getting noticed and they are getting sponsorship."

The teams are being sponsored by Alex Tumang Realty, United Filipino Entrepreneurs Assoc. and the EastWest College.

"Their uniforms, entrance fee, and the allowance are being paid by their sponsors, and I'm so proud to be a part of this."

It's a double knockout tournament, the same format as used in the Cochrane tournament. Each game is an intense 10-minutes.