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Zamboanga City Rules 3×3 Basketball

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Family’s Brand Sardines-Zamboanga City Chooks completed its dominance in the 2020 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup powered by TM on Friday at the INSPIRE Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

Josh Munzon took charge and Zamboanga City took the fight out of the Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards with a 22-19 win in a down-the-wire last game of the Grand Final.

Three-man Nueva Ecija was giving the nationals all they could handle and were only down by one, 19-20, with a minute and a half remaining in the ‘Million Peso Game.’

That was the end of the road for them, though, as Munzon’s longball over Jai Reyes crowned Zamboanga City as the best of the best in the Philippines’ pioneering professional 3×3 league.

“From the start, we had a game plan and we stuck to it,” he said while wearing the gold medal in the post-game press conference. “Whether we won or lost, we just continued to do the same things over and over and over. Our will was tested, but the results speak for itself.”

The top player in the country and Alvin Pasaol each scored seven points while Santi Santillan and Troy Rike merged for eight markers.

With that, Zamboanga City topped four out of the five legs as well as the preseason inside the ‘CalamBubble’ and took home P1.35M as well as much valuable experience heading into the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The runner-up finish rewarded Nueva Ecija with P300,000. Rounding out the podium is another upstart in Pasig-Sta. Lucia Realtors who received P100,000.

Up next for Zamboanga City — who will be rechristened to Manila Chooks — will be the FIBA 3X3 Doha Masters from November 20-21.

The Scores:

ZAMBOANGA CITY 22 — Munzon 7, Pasaol 7, Santillan 4, Rike 4.

NUEVA ECIJA 19 — Reyes 8, Banal 6, Gonzaga 6.