ASEAN – This weekend in Bali, Indonesia, two competitive Philippine sides will compete in the ASEAN Basketball League 3×3 International Champions Cup.
This weekend in Bali, Indonesia, two competitive Philippine sides will compete in the ASEAN Basketball League 3×3 International Champions Cup.
One of them is Team Platinum Karaoke-Philippines, which will depart within the week for the two-day cagefest, which will return after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
They will accompany the Zamboanga Valientes in the pursuit of gaining a stage win and returning home with a medal. They could even have a chance to advance to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour.
The group will be led by Gilas Pilipinas guard Juan Gomez de Liano, who just returned from a stint with a B.League club team in Japan.
Chris de Chavez, the Philippines’ No. 19 player, will be one of De Liano’s partners in the men’s category.
Coach Anton Altamirano has also enlisted the help of Spain’s best player, Carlos Martinez, and veteran Marcus Hammonds, who is rated 104th in the world.
“After starting in the PBA, we’re excited to represent the Philippines.” “This will be our first international competition,” Altamirano said in a Zoom meeting with writers.
Team Platinum Karaoke was a runner-up in the PBA 3×3.
In the Philippine Basketball Association’s 3×3 first conference of the year, Team Platinum Karaoke came in second to the Limitless Appmasters.
The Valientes and Team Platinum Karaoke will compete for the title against two Indonesian national teams, as well as teams from Vietnam, Malaysia, and Cambodia.
The national teams from the four Southeast Asian countries are competing as part of their preparations for the 31st Southeast Asian Games, which will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam in May. Singapore Slingers, Saigon Heat, Louvre Surabaya, and India’s YKBK are among the clubs that have signed up.