Pasig Chooks (Pasig Kings) and Balanga Chooks (1Bataan Risers) hope to gain crowd support as they compete in the FIBA 3X3 World Tour Masters, the top 3×3 circuit in the world.
Pasig Chooks (Pasig Kings) qualified for the tournament after winning the Quest-level Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup last April 7. A week later, Balanga Chooks (1Bataan Risers) followed suit after placing second in the Chooks-to-Go 3×3 Asia Pacific Super Quest.
League commissioner Eric Altamirano said the two Philippine-based club teams welcome the challenge to face some of the best and finest in 3×3 team.
“Given the short time of preparation, I was surprised with how intense and how focused the players are. They were so intense that there was a lot of frustrations shown and some flare-ups,” said Altamirano after the team’s final practice Tuesday afternoon.
Joshua Munzon and Taylor Statham headline Pasig Chooks and will be joined by Serbian import Nikola Pavlovic and 2015 top French player Angelo Tsagarakis.
Pasig faces a tall order as it will face home squad Katara today at 10:50 p.m (Manila time) before taking on top club team in the world Liman at 12:25 am. (Friday)
On the other hand, Balanga still stuck to its Super Quest core of Alvin Pasaol (Philippine’s no. 4 player), Leonard Santillan (no. 5), Karl Dehesa (no. 10), and American guest player Travis Franklin.
Balanga is grouped in Pool C together with 2019 Wuxi Challenger champion Riga Ghetto and Moscow.
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