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Manila Chooks TM pulls out in FIBA 3×3 Lipik Challenger

MANILA Chooks TM is running out of time and couldn’t make it in time for the opening of 2021 FIBA 3×3 Lipik Challenger.

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 owner Ronald Mascariñas on Thursday said the management decided to pull out from the event after Chico Lanete, Mac Tallo, Zach Huang, and Dennis Santos failed to secure their Croatian visas.

“There are things that we have no control of and this is one of them,” said  Mascariñas. “Since 2019, this is the first time that we had to pull out from a FIBA 3×3 tournament and the players were really looking forward to it.

“But the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made it hard for us to obtain our deligation’s visas.”

The country has no Croatian Embassy that resulted in the passports of the four players being transmitted to the nearest one which is in Jakarta, Indonesia. They were sent to the Croatian Embassy in Jakarta last May 7 but until May 19, the visas have yet to be produced.

Manila Chooks TM, which was supposed to compete in the qualifying draw, had been training hard for the tournament under a bubble set-up at the Lucena Convention Center in Quezon.

“The boys have been raring to bounce back after Doha but there are things na hindi natin kontrolado. Bawi na lang, that’s all we can do right now,” said Manila Chooks TM head trainer Aldin Ayo.

The LOC of the Lipik Challenger is still looking for a replacement team as of publishing.

FIBA 3×3 has yet to announce when and where the next pro circuit will be.

In the meantime, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 is set to begin the planning for its first conference this year. Manila Chooks TM is slated to compete in the domestic league along with teams from the MPBL, VisMin Super Cup, and NBL-Pilipinas.

“We are looking to have a bigger tournament this year and our team is already looking at possible locations to host our first conference which will be the President’s Cup. A lot will be at stake in the tournament, which will include slots in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3×3 Manila Masters,” said Mascariñas, who is also planning another Super Quest this year.

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