REDEMPTION is on the mind of Pasig Chooks as it is hard-pressed to deliver in the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour Poitiers Challenger in France.
World No. 97 Joshua Munzon banners the Filipino delegation, which also has Taylor Statham, Dylan Ababou, and Serbian reinforcement Nikola Pavlovic.
And for the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup champions, it's about once again proving that they belong among the league's elites.
"I wouldn't say that there's more pressure than the last one but I feel like we know that we are better than what we have been showing. We have to go out there and win games," said Munzon.
Statham added: "We said over and over again that this is an uphill battle. We've used all these losses as lessons. The Poitiers Challenger is a good gauge of how far we've come. I don't want to give any predictions or say what we are going to do. I just want to let our game do the talking."
Pasig Chooks has been ranked the 27th-best 3x3 team in the world, though the squad has failed to progress to the knockout stages of the Kunshan and Moscow Challengers.
There is additional motivation to deliver, with the winner of the Poitiers Challenger progressing to the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour Lausanne Masters.
Pasig Chooks is seeded fifth in the tourney and is slotted in Pool D, together with world No. 23 Lausanne of Switzerland.
It will face the winner of the Qualifying Group B, between French squads Lyon Blacklist, La Rochelle, and Poitiers, on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. (Manila time), before meeting Lausanne on Saturday at 2:50 a.m.
Only the top two teams will advance to the knockout phase.