Zambo completes cast of first-ever national 3x3 league
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 09, 2019 06:58 PM
(Photo courtesy of 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3)
The cast is now complete for the first conference of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3.
The Zamboanga Valientes have committed to join the President's Cup, slated to begin on March 16 at the event center of SM Megamall.
"It's an honor and pride for our city to join this league, especially our fans from Zamboanga. They are really looking forward to watch our homegrown players play in a big league," said team owner Junnie Navarro.
The Valientes join the Manila Stars, the Go for Gold-San Juan Knights, the Bataan Risers, the Quezon City-Zark's Jawbreakers, the Bacoor Strikers, the Valenzuela Classic, the Marikina Shoemasters, the Bulacan Kuyas, the Vigan Baluarte, and the Cebu-Max 4 Birada in the country's first-ever 3x3 basketball league.
Having the opportunity to showcase the talent in Mindanao on a different stage is what made Navarro sign up for the league.
"Dito naman tayo nagsimula sa three-on-three. The reason that we are interested because we are passionate about basketball. Rhayyan Amsali showed that Zamboangenos can excel in this discipline," added Navarro.
Composing Zamboanga are homegrown talents "Tausug Hero" Das Esa, Jonathan Parreno, and Grevani Rublico. 6-foot-8 Rino Berame and 6-foot-3 Ferdinand Lusdoc join the troika. Navarro is still looking at one more player to complete their roster.
The passionate sports patron has also tapped actress Empress Schruck to be their muse for the opening ceremonies on the 16th.
For Navarro, his ultimate goal for the first conference is to give more exposure to his players.
"Yung players namin now sell out crowds in Zamboanga. Hopefully, we could expose them more in this league."