Jun 06, 2021

FIBA 3x3 competitors ready to shift back to PBA 5x5

FROM their FIBA 3x3 OQT stint, CJ Munzon and company are now looking forward to shifting back to 5x5, putting behind them their forgettable Graz, Austria journey and moving forward with their PBA mother teams.

While still in the process of completing quarantine procedure, Munzon, CJ Perez, Moala Tautuaa, Santi Santillan and Alvin Pasaol are making do with individual workout in isolation as they gear up for their return to their respective teams.

Terrafirma officials and coaches have become more convinced they have got a new ace just as what was seen in top rookie draftee Joshua Munzon's performance in Graz.

Gilas put in a total of 48 points in four games in the Graz 3x3 pool play with Munzon accounting for 27.

San Miguel Beer team manager Gee Abanilla said they are as excited to welcome trade recruit Perez along with old stalwart Tautuaa.

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Perez was Gilas' second best scorer in Graz, underscoring his ability to pile up points, being the PBA scoring champ in the past two seasons.

Tautuaa was limited to two games, needing to undergo a delicate emergency procedure after Day One of action.

But Abanilla said Tautuaa is okay now.

"He's being monitored and his quarantine period will surely help him recover," said Abanilla.

Santillan and Pasaol, meanwhile, are about to plunge into regular training with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Meralco Bolts.

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Pasaol and Gilas 3x3 coach Ronnie Magsanoc should be done with their quarantine as the Meralco Bolts return to Laoag to resume practices at the Ilocos Norte Centennial Arena. (SB)