FOR Joshua Munzon, there's really no greater feeling than having a chance to represent your country in international competitions.
And with Pasig Grindhouse Kings proving to be on a class of their own in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup, he and the rest of his team will have that responsibility as they aim to make the country proud.
"I think it’s an honor for us to represent the Philippines in anything, whether it be 3x3 or whatever. It’s an honor and we’re definitely grateful for this opportunity just to be here," said the Fil-Am swingman said.
Munzon, who's ineligible for Gilas Pilipinas duty as he didn't get his Philippine passport before 16, was instrumental in lifting Pasig Grindhouse to a gutsy 19-7 win over 1Bataan in the Grand Finals on Sunday, dropping 11 points to secure the victory.
Joining him in the championship-winning team are Taylor Statham, Troy Rike, and Leo de Vera, who stepped up in lieu of Dylan Ababou.
The win not only allowed the Kings to claim the P1 million cash prize, but also solidified their slot in next week's Chooks-to-Go 3x3 Asia Pacific Super Quest and the elusive ticket to the Doha Masters of the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour in April.
Munzon, however, acknowledges that competing in the international stage is another beast of its own as he knows that the Philippines still has ways to go in comparison to its neighboring nations like China, Japan, and Korea.
"I definitely see the competition being very tough," the 24-year-old remarked. "There are gonna be teams coming here that’s been playing 3x3 for a lot longer than we have, so I think we’re gonna have to mentally prepare ourselves for the physicality and just the overall competition that we’re gonna see."