A group of basketball players posing for a picture at the Chooks-to-Go-FIBA 3x3 global partnership.

Chooks-to-Go forges global partnership with FIBA 3×3

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 has taken its partnership with the global federation of basketball to a whole new level as it signed a five-year deal with FIBA 3×3 to be its global partner on Monday at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City.

“We are truly honored to be given the privilege to be the global partner of FIBA 3×3. We will be their partner in their global activities, especially in Southeast Asia,” said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascarin?as.

“Since the very beginning, Chooks-to-Go was considered as very close friends. Now with the global partnership, you are considered as a brother,” said FIBA 3×3 head for events and partnerships Ignacio Soriano.

“Now, we are in the same family. We are extremely excited about this partnership. It’s not only about the events but also about the development of 3×3 basketball in the whole region and not just the Philippines,” added Soriano, who flew to Manila for the announcement of the global partnership

This partnership means that Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 will be tasked with the challenge of organizing FIBA 3×3 events in the country and sending the Philippine representatives to the world circuit.

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 has numerous prestigious events slated this year starting with the Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3×3 Southeast Asia Super Quest on April 30-May 1, and then, the Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3×3 Manila World Tour Masters on May 28-29. They will also have a stop in Cebu as they bring the Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3×3 Cebu World Tour Masters to the Queen City of the South on October 1-2.

Besides those tournaments, teams from Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 will compete in at least two more World Tour Masters competitions. This includes the opener in Utsunomiya on May 14, and two Challenger tournaments.

It has always been our dream to be in a position to support FIBA 3×3 with it being an Olympic sport,” said Mascarin?as as hosting and joining tournaments in the FIBA 3×3 World Circuit gives the maximum possible federation points to the country.

On the local front, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 is planning at least three Quest-level tournaments.

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 is leaving no stone unturned as it will be sending its Philippine team, composed of Cebuanos Mac Tallo and Zachary Huang along with former University of the Visayas Green Lancer Mike Nzeusseu, lanky big man Dennis Santos and new recruit Brandon Ramirez to Serbia for a training camp from April 1-15.

“Next month, we will be sending our 3×3 pool to Serbia for a two-week training. They will be exposed to the best 3×3 players, Serbia being the number one 3×3 team in the world,” said Mascarin?as “We will be participating in all FIBA-sanctioned international tournaments where we will be invited or where we will qualify to participate. The more international tournaments we participate in, the easier it will be for us to pile up points.”

With the Paris Olympics a few years away, Soriano emphasized that the Philippines needs to gain as many points as possible in the shortest amount of time.

“I’m very excited to start a new project with Chooks-to-Go and Boss Ronald. We are here to prepare because we have a long season ahead including two World Tour Masters events here. Things need to start to get rolling and things need to go really fast,” said Soriano.

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