CARGA Valenzuela turned heads in the first leg of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup, surprising everyone as it reached the semifinals last Saturday.
And at the forefront of that shock run was Chris de Chavez.
The former Ateneo sniper was at his best at SM Megamall Events Center, hitting treys and yelling his heart out as the Classic went toe-to-toe with some of the league's bests.
"I play with a lot of heart. I play with a lot of inspiration, for our family, for Valenzuela, and that's why when I step on the court, I show those emotions because I want to make them proud," he explained.
De Chavez was in sync with teammates Paolo Hubalde, Jan Jamon and Carlo de Chavez in that promising showing in the first leg, achieving the goal they set early on which is to proudly hoist the flag for the city up north.
"I think it's a big deal for our team cause we really think that Valenzuela is the capital of basketball in the Philippines," he said.
What made this campaign all the more special was that Chris is doing it with his brother Carlo, the lone sibling revelry in the 3x3 league.
"I think that's our advantage. We've been playing all our lives and we've been playing 3x3 since we're kids," he said.
For De Chavez, that just bodes well for Carga Valenzuela as it aims to go deeper in the next legs, with the next stop on Sunday.
"We play with a lot of heart, We play for our fans, for our families, and for the city of Valenzuela. We just want to make everyone there proud and we're playing that hard to make them proud," he said.