ALVIN Pasaol will not be with Balanga Chooks when the squad wages war in the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger in Romania this weekend.
The UE super scorer got his visa application denied, leaving the 116th-best 3x3 player grounded in the country.
"Sobrang lungkot kasi parang maiiwan ko teammates ko dahil sa visa problem," said Pasaol.
Despite him not being able to be with Balanga Chooks, he maintained his faith on his teammates as Karl Dehesa, Chris De Chavez, and imports Travis Franklin and Lamar Roberson will be asked to keep fighting for the Filipino crew.
"Sobrang laki ng tiwala ko sa kanila na kaya nilang manalo," Pasaol said.
Balanga Chooks will have an uphill climb ahead in Bucharest as it needs to go through the qualifying draw on Saturday, taking on USA's Colorado City at 3:20 p.m (Manila time) and Russian club Kochenevo at 4:40 p.m.
The squad needs to top the group to advance to Pool D, where NY Harlem of USA and Edmonton of Canada sit idle.
Balanga Chooks is hoping to rule the Romania tilt and earn a spot in the Debrecen Masters in Hungary on August 27 and 28.
Odds may be against the Philippine team's favor, but those who are left vowed to give their 100-percent in making this trip a success.
"Alvin is a big loss. He provides a lot of scoring, a lot of toughness. He is the heart and soul of this team. But me and Karl are up to the challenge. When the lights are on bright, I wanna show up," said De Chavez.
"There's still a goal that we have and we don't want to carry any excuses going to Romania. We still have to get the job done. No excuses, just make it happen," said Dehesa. "It's gonna be tough but once again, we got to play hard for Alvin, for us, and the country. We are playing for something bigger than us."