Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times

3x3 Basketball

Cebu, Ub clash to open Chooks FIBA 3×3 WT Manila

Cebu Chooks! will face the toughest of competition when the 2022 Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3×3 World Tour Manila Masters opens on Saturday, May 28 at Ayala Mall Manila Bay’s events center in Pasay City.

Cebu, bannered by the country’s top two 3×3 players in Mac Tallo and Zach Huang, will take on the world’s top player Strahinja Stojacic and top team Ub of Serbia at 3:00 PM.

The two teams are slotted in Pool A along with Mongolia’s Zavkhan MMC Energy.

Cebu and Manila Chooks have actually been training with Ub and Liman for the past week, transferring knowledge to each other during their respective build-ups for the maximum level 3×3 tournament.

“Madami kaming natutunan sa kanila tulad ng pagiging saktong pisikal lang sa depensa, kung paano sila nafree-free up sa opensa,” said Tallo. “Sana maapply namin sa Manila Masters lahat yun.”

Cebu is coming off a championship win in the 2022 Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3×3 Asia Pacific Super Quest while Ub took down the Utsunomiya Masters.

Also part of Cebu are Fil-Canadian bruiser Brandon Ramirez and Cameroonian Mike Nzeusseu.

Meanwhile, Manila is slotted in Pool D along with Mongolian rivals Ulaanbaatar and Zaisan MMC Energy.

Manila and Zaisan are uber familiar with one another, having faced each other thrice already in the young FIBA 3×3 pro season.

Manila defeated Zaisan in the Asia Pacific Super Quest, 21-17, before Zaisan got two back on their home floor — including a 21-16 win during the semis in the Ulaanbaatar Super Quest.

Holdovers from that Manila team are Chico Lanete, Henry Iloka, and Dennis Santos. This time around, they will have 6-foot-8 Fil-Norwegian Ken Holmqvist.

#ReadMore  Carlo Peña rules SEAG jiu jitsu 56kg

“I’m just excited to be able to finally show what I can do and represent my country,” said Holmqvist, who was part of the Gilas team that won the 2016 SEABA Cup. “Of course, there’s pressure but it’s something that we have to embrace being the home team.”

Pool C will have world no. 3 team Liman, Poland’s Warsaw Lotto, and India’s Gurugam 3BL.

World no. 2 Antwerp of Belgium and Mongolia’s Sansar MMC Energy are slotted in Pool B along with the winner of the qualifying draw.

Japan’s Yokohama Beefman, New Zealand’s Auckland, and Australia’s Melbourne will take part in the qualifying draw which begins at 1:00 PM with the top survivor advancing to the tournament proper.

The top two teams in each pool will advance to the knockout playoffs the following day.

After the QD, a lavish opening ceremony celebrating the Filipino fiesta will take place at 2:30 PM.

“After seven long years, finally the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters is back home,” said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas. “Fiesta will be the theme of our opening ceremony as it brings people together.

“This is our way of bringing everyone together… all for the love for the sport that we love.”

The prize pool for the tournament is set at $122,000 (P6,375,415) with $40,000 (P2,090,300) going to the champion.

Written By

You May Also Like


Both excited and anxious, that’s how Zach Huang feels just a couple of days before the PBA Rookie Draft. “Mixed emotions. I’m excited and...


The five young guns of JR Guevara’s EOG Sports Management have just thrown their names in the 2023 PBA Draft on Saturday. Leading the...


Muntinlupa and Paranaque pulled off surprises while San Juan lived up to expectations in the OKBet-MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) Fifth Season round-robin elimination...


Ateneo de Manila University secured its spot in the semifinals of the 2023 Bola.TV AsiaBasket Las Piñas Championship after dominating San Beda University with...


Ateneo de Manila University completed a four-game sweep of the 2023 Bola TV AsiaBasket Las Piñas Championship’s Group A after defeating the University of...


Kai Ballungay delivered in the clutch as Ateneo de Manila University survived Gerald Anderson and Corsa Tires, 77-76, to secure its third straight victory...


Ateneo de Manila University overpowered Uratex with a 33-point victory, 96-63, to kickstart its run in the tournament on the opening day of the...

3x3 Basketball

Pasig TNT could not advance to the main draw of the 2023 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Macau Masters after going 1-1 in the qualifying...