SEVEN imports will play for six teams in the special one-day Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas Invitational powered by TM on Wednesday at the Laus Events Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Headlining the foreign players is HeiHei Manila’s two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association All-Defensive team member Mike Nzeusseu. The 6-foot-6 Cameroonian will join Chico Lanete, Zach Huang and Mac Tallo.
Returning to the league is 6-foot-7 Cameroonian Chibueze Ikeh, who previously played for Inoza Bulacan in the 2019 Patriot’s Cup. He reinforce Essen Immunoboost Sarangani, a team that has Ronjay Buenafe, Paul Sanga and Donald Gumaru.
Another returnee to the league is 6-foot-7 Cameroonian Frederick Elombi, who played for Max4-Birada Cebu also in 2019. Elombi will be joined by fellow Cameroonian Landry Sanjo, Monbert Arong and Ralph Dinolan in ARQ Builders-Cebu.
The other imports are Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou (BRT Sumisip-Basilan), Nigerian Henry Iloka (RBR Cabiao Nueva Ecija) and Eugene Toba (Pasig Kingpins).
“We opened up the one-day Invitational tournament that we have to imports for the sole reason that these former student-athletes have not played for such a long time and have been stranded in our country since the pandemic,” Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 league owner Ronald Mascariñas said.
The other teams in the tournament that offers P100,000 to the champion, P50,000 to the runner-up and P20,000 to the third placer are Pacquiao Coffee Bacolod, Homegrown Grains Bocaue, AMACOR Mandaluyong, Adam Esli Pasay, MNL Kingpin Quezon City, and Zamboanga Valientes MLV.
Zamboanga will have an all-homegrown team in Paulino Rebollos, David Sebastian, Gino Jumao-as, and Alex Mohammad. The Valientes have yet to miss a Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 tournament.
Bocaue will have Dennis Santos, Mark Yee, Ralph Tansingco, and Jayvee Marcelino while Bacolod will be composed of JK Casino, Cyrus Tabi, Joseph Eriobu, and Jayjay Manlangit.
Pasay parades Jan Jamon, Elvin Chan, Jerome Pasia, and Agosto Flor; Mandaluyong has Michael Macaballug, Janus Lozada, Martin Gozum, and Marvin Hayes; while Quezon City has Jerome Garcia, Mon Mabayo, John Amboludto, and Joseph Peñaredondo.
This one-day tournament—endorsed by FIBA 3×3, regulated by the Games and Amusements Board and supported by Gatorade—will air on Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’s Facebook page and on FIBA 3×3’s Youtube channel.