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Munzon, Pasaol, Rike, Santillan leave Chooks 3×3, enter 2021 PBA Draft

Joshua Munzon, Alvin Pasaol, Troy Rike, and Santi Santillan are returning to their 5-on-5 roots.

The four pioneers in Philippine 3×3 basketball have opted not to re-sign with Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3, instead announcing their intention to enter the 2021 PBA Rookie Draft, Tuesday evening.

The contracts of the four players end in December.

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 posted a thank you message to the quartet for helping the country go to the 2021 FIBA 3X3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament set next year in Graz, Austria.

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“Thank you Joshua Munzon, Alvin Pasaol, Troy Rike, and Leonard Santillan for making our country proud over the last two years.

“We at Chooks-to-Go won’t hinder you from achieving your dreams. Good luck on your next journey! All of you will always be a Manok ng Bayan!” read the league’s statement.

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Two-time champion Munzon — a 25-year-old, 6-foot-2 swingman who completed his D-League residency in 2019 with AMA — rose through the ranks to eventually become the no. 1 3×3 player in the country.

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Pasaol, who is also 25 and is a burly 6-foot-4 forward, sits at no. 2. The Davao City-native, who played for Petron-Letran in the D-League, is a two-time champion as well.

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Santillan, 24, is an athletic 6-foot-5 forward who hails from Lapu-Lapu City. The La Salle product, who completed his D-League residency last year with Marinerong Pilipino, is a two-time champion and is the sixth-ranked 3×3 player in the country.

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Finally, Rike, 25, stands at 6-foot-8. The fifth-ranked 3×3 player, who also played for AMA last year, is the all-time leader in the money board in the domestic 3×3 league, having won the tournament thrice.

#ReadMore  Jerrick Ahanmisi foregoes final year in Adamson, to enter 2021 PBA Draft

Sources have told Tiebreaker Times that the fear of receiving a lifetime ban by the PBA for skipping their second draft was what led to the quartet declaring for it.

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