Cebuanos Tallo, Desiderio team up for Manila Chooks! bid in Ulaanbaatar Super Quest

By: PR - CDN Digital | April 20,2023 - 02:09 PM

Mac Tallo

CEBUANO DYNAMIC DUO. Paul Desiderio (left) and Mac Tallo. | Chooks photo

On the lookout for another scoring threat to back him up, Mac Tallo, a Cebuano who is the country’s No. 1 3×3 player, finally got what he wanted.

Former University of the Philippines standout and fellow Cebuano guard Paul Desiderio will beef up the Manila Chooks! 3×3 squad set to do battle in the FIBA 3×3 Ulaanbaatar Super Quest.

Aside from Tallo and Desiderio, the all-Filipino 3×3 cagers also have No. 2 Brandon Ramirez and No. 12 CJ Payawal in the FIBA level 8 tilt set to kick off tomorrow, April 22, at the Royal 3×3 Lounge in Ub Palace, Mongolia. 

“For me, Paul is a big help kasi we all know how he plays and alam natin kung saan siya magaling. Ang sarap ng buhay na may kasama ka sa isang aspeto na kulang ang team and alam natin scoring machine siya and he has a high basketball IQ,” Tallo said of Desiderio, a native of Liloan town, Cebu, in a press release.

“During our practices we jell instantly not just because same kami ng hometown, but we complement each other inside the court,” he added.

The 6-foot-1 Desiderio vowed to prove his worth in his maiden stint in 3×3 international play.

“I’m excited and determined to do well in this tournament, and it feels great to be playing with Mac because he is the No.1 3×3 player in the country,” he said.

“I just want to help the team to win more games. This will be my first time competing in a 3×3 international level but with our team’s effort, I know we are working hard every day for this, and we will try our best and just go out there and win.”

Grouped in Pool D, Manila Chooks! takes on Utsunomiya Brex of Japan at 6:05 p.m. before it battles Mongolia’s Bayangol Broncos at 7:55 p.m.

Also seeing action in the joust are world No. 7 and 2023 Asia Cup champion Ulaanbaatar MMC Energy of Mongolia and No. 9 Sansar MMC Energy, also of Mongolia.

The tourney has $15,000 prize money for the champion, $10,000 for the runner-up, and $5,000 for the third placer.

The top two teams after the meet will also gain slots to the World Tour Manila Masters next month.



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