Cebu Chooks heads to Saudi Arabia to compete in FIBA 3x3 World Tour Riyadh Masters

The Cebu Chooks 3x3 squad is aiming to end the year with a bang as they compete in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Riyadh Masters on Friday and Saturday at the Formula E Track in Riyadh.

The country’s top-ranked 3x3 player, Macmac Tallo, will be joined by Brandon Ramirez and two reinforcements in Cameroonian import Mike Nzesseu and Marcus Hammonds, a former reinforcement of Isabela Chooks in 2019. Cebuano Zachy Huang has already been released from the team while Vince Tolentino is nursing a shoulder injury.

With Hammonds, Cebu Chooks has filled up its six-team roster for the season.

"Good thing Marcus has been here in the country and has been training with us," said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 head trainer Chico Lanete. "Marcus is also very familiar with the local 3x3 scene, competing with numerous teams here."

Currently the 26th ranked team in the world, Cebu Chooks will need to be at their best and more in Riyadh where the list of teams joining features a who’s who in the world of 3x3 basketball.

Cebu Chooks is bracketed in Pool A. They will be facing world no. 1 UB at 1 AM on Saturday before taking on Doha of Qatar at 3:05 AM.

Ub has won four Masters tournaments so far, including the 2022 Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila Masters. However, they finished seventh in Paris last month.

Meanwhile, Doha has competed in the Cebu and Paris Masters.

"We are tempering expectations for this tournament as we are currently rebuilding our Cebu team," said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas. "We are just hoping for a good showing for Mac and Brandon in Riyadh."