Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 03:59:24 +0000
With the 2021 FIBA 3X3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament closing in, Ronald Mascariñas is making sure that the Philippine team is armed to the teeth.
That is why in the upcoming 12-team Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup powered by TM, the league put another reason for the 11 other teams in the league to go hard against them.
Apart from the P100,000 top prize for each of the first four legs of the President’s Cup, the team that will face Family’s Brand Sardines-Zamboanga City Chooks –which consists of Joshua Munzon, Alvin Pasaol, Troy Rike, and 6 Santi Santillan –- in the Final will also bring home the same amount.
The caveat is that Zamboanga City will also have to make it to the Finals of the country’s first-ever professional 3×3 league. If not, the first-place team will bag P100,000 while the second and third-placed squad will pocket P30,000 and P20,000 respectively in this tournament that is also ranked level seven by the International Basketball Federation.
“This season of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 is really to help our national team get ready for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Graz, Austria next year. We can’t just let them train without actually facing competition. It won’t make sense,” said Mascariñas.
“But we also have to reward the teams that have taken the time and effort to face them. That is why we raised the stakes for our first conference.”
The OQT was supposed to take place last March 18 to 22 in Bangalore, India but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President’s Cup powered by TM is tentatively set to open its curtains on Oct. 2