CEBU CITY, Philippines – Philippine teams Cebu and Manila arrived for their final preparation phase to the 2022 Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3×3 World Tour Cebu Masters that will happen in eight days at the SM Seaside.
The two teams paid Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama a visit at the Cebu City Hall and expressed their eagerness to bounce back from frustrating loses in the Manila Masters event that nearly cost them to miss the Cebu stop on October 1 & 2, 2022.
The 9th seed Chooks Cebu is bannered by players who once strut their wares in the Cebu basketball courts.
The team is led by former member of the CESAFI champion team Southwestern Cobras and former recipient of two College and one high school MVP award Mark Jayven Tallo along with former Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles and University of Santo Tomas Tigers bigman Zachary Huang, member of the CESAFI 2013 champion University of the Visayas Green Lancer Mike Harry Nzeusseu and Brando Alfonzo Ramirez.
While the 12th seed Manila Chooks on the other hand will parade Cebuano Arnold Dave Ando, who once played for CEC Dragons and USJ-R Jaguars, Chico Lanete, Dennis Santos and Henry Frank Chukwuebuka Iloka.
There will be 14 teams competing on the Cebu Masters event and the 12 others are foreign teams that includes Team Riga of Latvia, the no.1 seed into this competition; (No.2 seed) Belgium’s Team Antwerp, (No.3) Team Amsterdam Hi-PRO of The Netherlands, (no. 4) Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy of Mongolia, (no.5) Lausanne Sport of Switzerland, (no.6) Team Jeddah of Saudi Arabia, (no.7) Sansar MMC Energy of Mongolia, (no.8) Omaha 3Ball of USA, (no.10) Utsunomiya BREX and (no.11) Saitama ALPHAS of Japan, (no.1) Doha QSC of Qatar and (no.14) Ludhiana INDBL of India.
Saitama Alphas won the series’ last stop the Manila Masters tournament held in Laguna last September 16.
The Japanese squad defeated Zaisan MMC Energy of Mongolia to tab a slot to the Cebu Masters an the $10,000 cash prize. RCM