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    Jakarta 3x3 champs Munzon, Pasaol, Santillan, Rike reunite for local title bid

    Sep 3, 2020

    JOSHUA Munzon has joined forces with Gilas 3x3 teammate Alvin Pasaol and two other experienced players in Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines for the 2020 season of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3.

    Fiba-World Tour ranked No. 105 and top among Filipino players who have played in ranking tournaments, Munzon is backed by Fiba No. 148 Pasaol, No. 246 Troy Rike (No. 5 among Filipinos) and No. 315 Santi Santillan (No. 6 among Filipinos).

    The four played together to win the Jakarta 3x3 International Invitational Challenge 2019.

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    In the local league, they have figured in numerous clashes, with Munzon and Rike bannering Pasig while Pasaol and Santillan carrying the colors of Balanga.

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    Now teammates, they're happy to be back on the court as the professional 3x3 league has been allowed to resume their training last week.

    "Slowly, I am getting my conditioning back," said Munzon.

    Pasaol added: "Masaya, masaya kasi na-miss ko talaga mag-ensayo e. Kailangan ko rin mawala yung weight na na-gain ko nung quarantine."

    Gapan Chooks will have Fiba 3x3 No. 197 Karl Dehesa (No. 4 among Filipinos), No. 403 Chris de Chavez (seventh among Filipinos), and No. 479 Franky Johnson (eighth among Filipinos), with veteran playmaker Chico Lanete.

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    Fiba-ranked 188 Dylan Ababou (third among Filipinos) teams up with No. 1054 Ryan Monteclaro (11th among Filipinos) in Porac-Big Boss Cement with Jaypee Belencion, Harry Petilos, Dan Reducto, and Justin Arana.

    Gab Banal, Fiba Tour No. 661 (ninth among Filipnos) banners the Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards, featuring Jai Reyes, Tonino Gonzaga and Jepoy Sarao.

    Returning this season will be the Zamboanga Peninsula Valientes, which will have Das Esa, Jon Rebollos, Gino Jumao-as, Darwin Cordero, Med Salim, Mark Tano, Alex Mohamad, and AA Fabian.

    Also participating this season are Pasig-Sta. Lucia Realtors, led by Jeckster Apinan, Cedrick Ablaza, Felix Apreku, and Jhaps Bautista; Bacolod Master Sardines, which will bring in Robin Rono, Anton Asistio, Chris Lalata, Alfred Batino, and Choi Ignacio; Palayan City Capitols, composed of Renz Palma, Edzel Mag-isa, Clark Derige, Maclean Sabellina, and Bobby Balacunag; Bicol Volcanoes, which consists of Jonathan Aldave, Jerome Garcia, Alwin Alday, Mon Mabayo, Darwish Bederi, and Kim Imperial; and Sarangani Marlins, which have Pamboy Raymundo, Robby Celiz, Nikki Monteclaro, Pari Llagas, Mark Sarangay, Paul Sanga, and Carlo Escalambre.

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    Paulo Hubalde's Val City Classic has yet to bare their full roster, while the league has yet to named the No. 12 team.

    Commissioner Eric Altamirano hopes to start the season on Oct. 2, with all five legs of the President's Cup set to be held at Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

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