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    Pasig, 1Bataan book tickets to 3x3 Asia-Pacific Super Quest

    Mar 27, 2019
    Joshua Munzon drives past Sean Manganti in a leg championship battle between Pasig and 1Bataan.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    THE Pasig Grindhouse Kings and 1Bataan Risers have formally clinched their seats in the first-ever Chooks-to-Go Asia Pacific Super Quest in April.

    The Kings and the Risers booked their tickets after garnerning the most points and splitting the championship in the first four legs of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup.

    Fiba set the deadline for the Super Quest entrants last Saturday, leading to the league head honchos to award the top two teams the berth to the 3x3 showpiece.

    "I think we will be able to form a competitive team for the Super Quest to have a good representation of the Philippines," said league commissioner Eric Altamirano.

    Pasig collected 360 points, while Bataan got 325 points through the first four tours as they will represent the country in the Super Quest.

    "I've never been in a 3x3 tournament that had Philippine teams that are more ready than these two. Before, talagang last minute yung teams na pinapadala. They've shown in our league that they can compete with the international teams," said Altamirano.

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      Also joining are teams from China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia.

      It doesn't mean, though, that the Grand Finals of the inaugural staging of the first-of-its-kind 3x3 tourney won't have anything hanging in the balance.

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      The champion team in the Grand Finals, set this Sunday at SM Fairview Events Center, will take home the P1-million cash prize, while the team with the most number of points through the five legs of the President's Cup will gain the elusive berth to the Doha Masters of the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour next month.

      "We are really excited to see the A-game of our athletes and they promised to bring it during the Grand Finals," said league owner Ronald Mascarinas.

      Pasay Voyagers sit at third in points with 260 points, followed by San Juan Knights-Go for Gold at fourth with 235, and Carga Valenzuela Classic at fifth with 215.

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      Also set to see action in the Grand Finals are the Vigan Baluarte Wolves, the Cebu-Max4 Birada, the Bulacan Kuyas, the Zamboanga Valientes, the Zark's-Quezon City Jawbreakers, the Bacoor Strikers, and the Marikina Shoemasters.

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      Joshua Munzon drives past Sean Manganti in a leg championship battle between Pasig and 1Bataan.
      PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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