Chooks 3×3: Can young, Fil-Am laden Pasig build on stellar preseason?

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Pasig Grindhouse will enter the inaugural Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup as one of the clear shot favorites, especially after a strong showing in the preseason.

Led by PBA veteran and former UAAP Season 72 Most Valuable Player Dylan Ababou alongside a young core composed of Taylor Statham, Joshua Munzon, and Troy Rike, the Kings took home the preseason honors in the first and only tournament dedicated to 3×3.

But they can’t get too caught up with the preseason hype, especially with a competitive pool up waiting for them on Saturday when the first tour of the tournament kicks off at the SM Megamall Events Center.

“Well, the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement,” said Ababou.

“We still have a lot to improve on individually and as a team. Kahit nanalo kami nung pre-season, there’s nothing guaranteed in each leg dahil yung other teams, nag-improve din,” he added.

Pasig is currently in Group B alongside the Bulacan Kuyas and the Marikina Shoemasters. The winners of each group will qualify for the knockout stages to determine the winner of the first leg of the President’s Cup.

Generally a young team compared to their foes, they plan to compensate for their lack of experience with their grit and determination often seen in young players.

“I’ll do the little things on the floor like setting screens and diving for the ball,” said Rike. “I’ll bring that to the team.”

Make no mistake about it, they might have won the preseason, but there’s still much to learn moving forward.

“This is an experience in itself,” said Munzon who made a name for himself in the ASEAN basketball region.

“I’ve never played in something like this before so it’s definitely a learning experience.”

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