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PBA 3×3: Ginebra loads up with Pampanga trio as Salem, Rivero find new homes


There will be lots of new faces when the 2022 PBA 3×3 Second Conference rolls around on Saturday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

Coming off a disappointing 10th place finish in the inaugural conference, Ginebra loaded up by tapping three Kapampangan standouts.

Besides getting Encho Serrano, Ginebra has signed 6-foot-3 forwards Jayson David and Mark Dyke.2021-Chooks-NBL-Pampanga-vs-La-Union-Champion-Pampanga-scaled PBA 3x3: Ginebra loads up with Pampanga trio as Salem, Rivero find new homes 3x3 Basketball News PBA 3X3  - philippine sports news

The trio was pivotal in Pampanga’s campaign in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go NBL Chairman’s Cup last year so chemistry won’t be a problem.

Both Maurice Shaw (elevated to Ginebra 5-on-5) and Ken Holmqvist will no longer be part of the team.

Jollo Go, Mikey Cabahug, and Dennice Villamor, holdovers from the maiden conference, complete the retooled squad.

First conference runner-up Platinum Karaoke also loaded up its lineup.

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With Karl Dehesa opting to go back to the US, Platinum has signed Matt Salem from Terrafirma.

Salem, who stands at 6-foot-4, is the 26th-ranked 3×3 player in the country and will join the established team that has Chris De Chavez, JR Alabanza, Ryan Monteclaro, and Yutien Andrada.2021-Chooks-MPBL-Invitational-Val-City-vs-Muntinlupa-King-Destacamento-scaled PBA 3x3: Ginebra loads up with Pampanga trio as Salem, Rivero find new homes 3x3 Basketball News PBA 3X3  - philippine sports news

Replacing Salem in Terrafirma is King Destacamento.

Destacamento, a 6-foot-4 forward who suited up for Muntinlupa in the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Invitational last year, joins Dhon Reverente, Terrence Tumalip, and Jeff Bulawan.

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Drafted as the seventh overall pick in the 2019 PBA Draft by Rain or Shine, the 6-foot-4 bruiser was replaced by Jan Jamon, a ranked player during the 2020 Olympic cycle.

 

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San Miguel beefed up its team by adding 6-foot-5 big man Ken Bono.

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Bono, 37, makes his return to the big league, last playing for TNT. The Adamson product was the three-point champion in the 2021 Filbasket Subic Championship, playing for MTrans-Buracai de Laiya.
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Also adding to the size of its team is first leg champion TNT.

TNT will lineup Rey Mark Acuno to join Almond Vosotros, Samboy De Leon, and Lervin Flores. The UE Red Warriors was picked up by the Tropang Giga after being released by the Blackwater Bossing.

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Northport, meanwhile, has tapped Louie Brill III and Joshua Webb to complete its six-man lineup that has LA Revilla, Jeepy Faundo, Michael Calisaan, and Mark Olayon.2021-Chooks-NBL-La-Union-vs-Pampanga-Levi-Hernandez-Pampanga-scaled PBA 3x3: Ginebra loads up with Pampanga trio as Salem, Rivero find new homes 3x3 Basketball News PBA 3X3  - philippine sports news

Finally, new boys Master Sardines has enlisted Levi Hernandez, Michole Sorela, Mon Mabayo, Cyrus Tabi, John Mahari, and Jeff Comia.

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