Cebu Chooks to compete in 2022 FIBA 3x3 Lipik Challenger

 Cebu Chooks will be led by Cebuanos Mac Tallo (left most) and Zachy Huang (right most). (Chooks-to-Go)
Cebu Chooks will be led by Cebuanos Mac Tallo (left most) and Zachy Huang (right most). (Chooks-to-Go)

The Cebu Chooks squad led by Cebuano hoops aces Macmac Tallo and Zachy Huang is in Croatia to compete in the 2022 FIBA 3x3 Lipik Challenger.

The level nine-FIBA 3x3 tournament is a crucial one as it serves as a qualifier for the Lausanne Masters.

This will also be Cebu Chooks' first foray into an international competition since the highly-successful Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3x3 Manila Masters.

Leading the charge for Cebu Chooks will be Tallo—the country’s top 3x3 player who is currently the 78th ranked player in the world.

"Hindi naman kami nawala sa kondisyon since nung Manila Masters. Lagi pa rin kami nag-eensayo at mas gutom kami ngayon para makabawi," said Tallo.

Rounding out the squad which has been training under Coach Aldin Ayo are Huang, Brandon Ramirez and former University of the Visayas reinforcement Mike Nzeusseu.

The team will be up against top-notch competition in the Lipik Challenger which features 16 teams from 12 different countries. Eight of these teams are in the top 30 in the world.

Cebu Chooks will be quite familiar with world no. 2 Liman of Serbia, no. 5 Riga of Latvia, and no. 11 Ulaanbaatar of Mongolia, three teams that Cebu Chooks has faced in different tournaments this year.

Other teams to watch out for are world no. 6 Šakiai and no. 15 Marijampolė of Lithuania, no. 14 Düsseldorf of Germany, and no. 23 Merksem of Belgium. Potential dark horses in the competition are Zagreb from the host country Croatia, the French team Paris, and Washington DC from the US.

"It's good to see the team heading back to the road again after the FIBA 3x3 break. We hope that the team shows no rust as this is the beginning of our teams' second half of the year grind," said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas.

Besides a ticket to Lausanne, the champion team will bag $15,000 while the second and third place finishers will bring home $10,000 and 6,000, respectively. The fourth ($5,000) and fifth place ($4,000) will also be rewarded.


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