FIBA 3×3: 3 PH teams vie for Cebu Masters slots at Chooks Int’l Quest

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The road to the 2022 Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3×3 World Tour Cebu Masters will begin on Friday, September 16 at Ayala Malls Solenad.

Two tickets to the prestigious Cebu Masters — which is part of the 2022 FIBA 3×3 World Tour calendar — are at stake in the 2022 Chooks-to-Go International Standalone Quest.

The champion team of the one-day, level eight tournament will win US$ 10,000 along with an outright main draw seat for the Cebu Masters that takes place from October 1 to 2 at SM Seaside.

Meanwhile, the second-placed team will bag US$ 5,000 and a qualifying draw slot in the level 10 tournament.

Three Philippine teams will compete in the tournament, namely Cebu Chooks, Manila Chooks, and Butuan Chooks.

“This is where the road to Cebu literally begins for our teams,” Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas said. “Even though we are the host of the Cebu Masters, nothing is a given.

“We need to win and get as many Philippine teams to Cebu,” the godfather of Philippine 3×3 continued.

Already qualified for Cebu so far are Belgium’s Antwerp, Latvia’s Riga, the Netherlands’ Amsterdam, Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah, Switzerland’s Lausanne, Mongolia’s Sansar, USA’s Omaha, Japan’s Utsunomiya, India’s Ludhiana, and Qatar’s Doha.

Looking to gain their Cebu Masters berths besides the three Philippine teams are Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatar, Zaisan, and Zavkhan; Japan’s Saitama; and Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur.

‘There’s no pushover team in this tournament and we need to put our foot on the pedal at all times,” Chooks 3×3 head coach Chico Lanete said.

“If we blink, we’ll miss our chance for the Cebu Masters and that is the worst-case scenario.”

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