Mindoro Tamaraws set to debut in Cebu leg of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3

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By Jonas Egan Reyes, published June 12, 2019

The country continues its bid for a slot in the inaugural 3x3 basketball event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with another staging of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 tournament.

Count the Mindoro Tamaraws as one of the squads set to compete in the prestigious league, presented by the Bounty Agro Ventures Incorporated (BAVI).

On June 16 at the SM Seaside City Cebu, the Tamaraws join a 12-team field in the first leg of the Patriots’ Cup.

After the Cebu joust, the Patriots' Cup moves to SM Fairview on June 22, SM Muntinlupa on July 6 and SM Megamall on July 13 and 27 for the Grand Finals. Teams are allowed enlist a foreign reinforcement through all legs.

Team owner Justin Tan and Oriental Mindoro first district Board Member-elect Mikan Leachon guested in the June 11 episode of the ESPN5 Sportscenter for the announcement.

Under the stewardship of league founder and BAVI president and general manager Ronald Ronald Mascariñas, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 aims to bolster the nation’s drive to rack up technical points for a seed in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT).

The Philippines has to place in the Top 24 amongst 160 3x3-playing nations to make it to the OQT. Currently, the Philippines sits at the 28th spot with 2,291,060 points combined from the men’s, women’s and youth competitions.

Mindoro also made its presence felt in regional competitive hoops thru the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), as one of the six expansion teams featured in the Lakan Cup. The Tamaraws join 30 other squads in the third season of the MPBL.

Photo from Justin Tan’s Facebook page