IT'S the never-say-die spirit the 3x3 way.
Formidable the rest of the PBA three-a-side cast may be, but Hubert Cani and the rest of the Kings' 3x3 team vowed to live up to the living mantra Barangay Ginebra has been known for.
Mikey Cabahug said he's blessed and thankful for being given the opportunity to proudly wear the Ginebra jersey.
"You have to get that chip off your shoulders. Ibibigay namin yung best namin especially for Barangay Ginebra fans. Yung winning tradition ng Ginebra andiyan na especially sa 5-on-5 team. Ngayon dinadala namin yung team ng Ginebra na ibinigay nila sa amin," said Cabahug, son of former PBA gunner Elmer 'Boy' Cabahug.
"And for the first season ng PBA 3x3, kami yung napili. So we're going to make sure especially yung mga fans at ka-barangay na magiging proud sila sa amin," added the 6-foot-1 shooting guard, who was actually a third round pick of the Ginebra franchise during the 2017 draft.
Apart from Cabahug and Cani, the Ginebra team is also composed of Jollo Go, Denice Villamor, Jojo Cunanan, and rookie big man Ken Holmqvist, who was relegated to the 3x3 team from the Kings' 5-on-5 unit after original choice Val Chauca signed with Blackwater Bossing for the coming Governors Cup.
Barangay Ginebra deputy Kirk Collier calls the shot for the Kings and assisted by Patrick Partosa.
It helps the Kings a lot that they're being coached by Collier, known more as Barangay Ginebra's strength and conditioning coach.
Conditioning after all, is among the key factors in 3x3 game.
"Grabe magpa-practice si coach Kirk. Talagang mako-kundisyon ka," admitted Cani. (RG)