Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 signs Cebuano big man Dave Ando

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Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 has signed versatile big man Dave Ando to a three-year contract in an effort to bolster its current pool of players in time for the second half of the 2022 FIBA 3x3 Pro Season.

Ando and former Ateneo forward Vince Tolentino signed three-year deals to be full-time 3x3 basketball players with the country’s premier pool on Tuesday evening.

“As promised, we will be giving our new head coach Chico Lanete all the resources he needs to be successful in his first foray as head coach,” said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas.

“With Vince and Dave, he will have players that are as versatile as they come both in offense and in defense. And both players are what we are looking for -- players that stand at least 6-foot-4 and show no fear on defense,” added the godfather of Philippine 3x3.

Ando, 22, is a lanky 6-foot-7 big who is coming off a four-year stay with University of Santo Tomas. He played for the University of San Jose-Recoletos in high school.

“Malaking bagay ito sa career ko kasi ibang level na po ito, eh. Nirerepresent ko na po ‘yong ating bansa kaya gagawin ko ang best ko every game para masuklian ang tiwala ni Boss Ronald at ni Coach Chico,” said the young Cebuano.

“Kahit galing pa lang ako sa UAAP, talagang nagtiwala ang Chooks-to-Go sa akin sa malaking responsibilidad na ito. Nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa kanila.”

Lanete will soon announce where Tolentino and Ando will play, either in Cebu Chooks! or Manila Chooks!

The team is preparing for the upcoming FIBA 3x3 Penang Challenger (September 10-11), Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3x3 Invitational Quest in Laguna (September 16), and, of course, the Chooks-to-Go FIBA 3x3 Cebu World Tour Masters (October 1-2).