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Can Pinoys Play Basketball For 120 Hours Straight? This Basketball Marathon Has The Answer

Think two games of pickup basketball is tiring? This year's Basketball Marathon event will have you gasping for air just hearing about it.
by Gelo Gonzales | Jan 20, 2014
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What where you doing last Saturday, January 18, 2014 at around six in the morning? Out jogging? Doing yoga? Watering the plants?

If you’re like us, odds are, you had just gotten home about an hour earlier, the alcohol from Friday night’s shenanis still swirling in your stomach. You also probably weren’t one of the estimated 120 to 150 players that participated at the 2014 Basketball Marathon try-outs at the Rizal Technological University in Mandaluyong.

Set up by Access Cable Enterprises Inc. together with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the 2014 Basketball Marathon is an attempt to beat the record for the longest amount of time playing basketball continuously using FIBA rules.

The record, currently held by American organization Missouri Athletic Club, is 112 hours and 13 seconds in a game played from March 21 to 25, 2012. The 2014 Basketball Marathon has set the bull’s-eye at 120 hours in a game that’s to be played from March 24 to 28, 2014 at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas.

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That's five days, guys. Five days of nothing but shooting hoops, breaking ankles, and wishful dunking. For many Filipinos, that sounds like paradise—the kind that office employees secretly wish for inside their cubicles.

But it won't be as fun as we all think. As with anything that deals with "marathon" and "endurance," such an event is going to thoroughly test the love we have for basketball.   

The enormous task will fall unto the shoulders of 24 ultra-hardcore basketball players, which doesn’t include this guy below who wrote this article you’re reading:

When killer crossover turns to killer failure

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Look at the airtime on this layup!

The kind of players that have the athletic potential to do stuff like this:

Pwede nang pang-dunk contest! 

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The Marathon organizers have already selected 50 players from the first leg of the try-outs held last December 18, 2013. Last Saturday, they selected another 50 individuals, for a pool of 100 players. Like a reality show, the 100 players will be trimmed down leading to the play date in March, where the final 24 will attempt the record.

While we have yet to know the 23 fellas on the final roster, we do know one guy who's already in: Dr. Larry Macapanpan, 44 years old, a dentist by day and basketball player by night.

Called Player Number One for being the first selected to the final 24, we asked Doc the most important question in any marathon: Paano kami tatagal?

Above: Player Number One showing us how to do a drill correctly

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Doc is considered the spokesperson for the team and the mentally gritty vet that's going to help propel the team in this battle of attrition. Here he tells us what he thinks the team needs to achieve that prestigious record come March 24. "There's absolutely no way we're going to come home without that record in our hands," says Doc Larry.

More of his b-ball endurance wisdom on the next page!

NEXT: What the marathon team needs to achieve the Guiness Record.

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