There will be a 14th team when the second conference of PBA 3×3 opens its curtains on January 8.
Master Sardines will be playing in the second and third conferences of the league.
The Fishing Champs were supposed to play in the inaugural conference but postponed their debut in the level five FIBA 3×3 tournament.
Headlining the team is Pampanga native Levi Hernandez.
Hernandez was the 25th overall pick in the 2016 PBA Draft, playing a total of 19 games for TNT.
Since then, he played in the MPBL and the NBL. During the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Invitational tournament, the 6-foot-1 sniper played for Iloilo, averaging 13.5 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Mabayo was the 36th overall pick in the 2012 draft while Tabi was the 18th pick in the 2018 draft.
Mabayo last played for Caloocan in the MPBL while Tabi was a practice player for Platinum Karaoke.
According to Ycasiano, the team is still looking for a fourth man.
Plugged in the reserve role are New Era’s Jeff Comia and Diliman College’s John Mahari.