CAPTION: (L-R) – Zach Huang, Ron Dennison, Dennis Santos, Chico Lanete, Mike Nzeusseu, Mac Tallo, Brandon Ramirez, Henry Iloka
There will be no rest for Cebu and Manila Chooks.
The two Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 squads left Manila Wednesday evening to compete in the FIBA 3×3 Ulaanbaatar Super Quest in Mongolia.
The level eight-FIBA 3×3 tournament will take place from May 6-7 with the pool stages taking place on opening day while the knockout playoffs will happen a day later.
Five Mongolian team, namely Ulaanbaatar, Zaisan, Sansar, and Amgalan, along with Japanese squad Yokohama.
Composing Cebu Chooks are Philippines top players Mac Tallo, Zach Huang, Brandon Ramirez, and Cameroonian Mike Nzeusseu.
Manila Chooks, meanwhile, will have Chico Lanete, Dennis Santos, Ron Dennison, and Nigerian Henry Iloka.
Grateful is Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas to Mongolia’s Organizing Committee for helping secure the visas of Nzeusseu and Iloka. The two almost did not make the trip.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to the LOC of this tournament for their swift action in helping hasten the process of getting the visas of Mike Harry and Henry,” said Mascariñas. “That act showed that 3×3 is more than just a competition, it’s a brotherhood.”
Cebu is grouped with Ulaanbaatar (8:30PM), Amgalan (4:50PM), and Yokohama (5:40PM) in Pool A.
Meanwhile, Manila will take on Zaisan (4:25PM), Sansar (8:05PM), and Zavkhan (6:05PM) in Pool B. Zaisan and Sansar both competed in last weekend’s Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3×3 Asia Pacific Super Quest with Manila beating Zaisan in the pool phase, 21-17.
The top three teams in each pool will advance to the knockout stage with the top seeds gaining automatic semis berths.
Besides a ticket to the Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3×3 Manila Masters which is scheduled to take place from May 28-29, the champion will bring home $10,000 while second place will win $5,000.