THE Manila Chooks TM composed of the quintet of Mark Yee, Mac Tallo, Zachary Huang, Dennis Santos, and alternate player Chico Lanete will have their work cut out for them when they compete in the 2021 FIBA 3x3 Montreal Masters this weekend in Canada.
The Philippine squad has been slotted in Pool D along with World No. 8 Antwerp of Belgium and No. 10 Edmonton of Canada. Their game against Antwerp will be on Sept. 5 at 12:45 a.m. (PH time) while Manila versus Edmonton is scheduled at 6:50 a.m. on the
Making up the Antwerp squad is 6-foot-5 Nick Celes (World No. 23), Thibaut Vervoort (No. 28), 6-foot-6 Thierry Marien (No. 43), and 6-foot-6 Rafael Bogaerts (No. 72). The last time a Filipino team faced off against Antwerp was back in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 Moscow Challenger that saw them down Pasig Chooks, 21-14.
Meanwhile, bannering Edmonton is World No. 32 Steve Sir. He will be joined by Alex Johnson, Dutch import Ross Bekkering, and the debuting Adika Peter-McNeilly.
The top two teams in Pool D will advance to the crossover playoffs on September 6 and will face either World No. 4 Ub of Serbia, Switzerland’s Lausanne, or home team Old Montreal.
Excited is Mark Yee for his first FIBA 3x3 international pro circuit event, saying that he never expected to have this opportunity at his age.
“I feel very blessed. It can’t be denied that I’m already getting up there in age so I’m very blessed to be given this opportunity,” said Yee.
“We want to make up for our performance in Doha,” said Lanete. “Every win and every point counts for us.” (JNP)