The Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 squad continues to ramp up its preparations for the upcoming FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament taking place May 26 to 30 in Graz, Austria.
The team is composed of PBA players Joshua Munzon, CJ Perez, Mo Tautuaa, and Alvin Pasaol. Training with them are Karl Dehesa and Leonard Santillan.
The Philippines will take on Qatar and Slovenia on May 26 and then the Dominican Republic and France on May 28 for the chance to grab one of three spots for the Tokyo Olympics.
Munzon, who is the No. 1 3×3 player in the country and in Southeast Asia, is thrilled to finally share the court with his teammates after they were given the go-signal to begin training a week ago.
“It’s definitely a good feeling being out here and just getting that timing back, being on the court, being around the team, just a good all-around feeling, be around the fellas and being able to build our camaraderie moving into the OQT,” Munzon said in an interview on One Sports’ The Game on Thursday.
Unlike his fellow PBA teammates, Munzon has been in the 3×3 circuit for quite some time. But he is confident that Perez and Tautuaa will be able to blend in well with him and Pasaol, who also has a lot of experience in 3×3 basketball.
“Building chemistry is going to take a little time, but at the same time, Mo and CJ are professionals and they’re coming in ready to work. And I think we’re all selfless and ready to accomplish one goal. That makes it easy for us, being together and wanting the same thing,” he said.
Gilas 3×3 coach Ronnie Magsanoc also remains optimistic that despite the limited time together, the team will find a way to build the chemistry they need ahead of the competition.
“I think cohesion is going to be a concern, but with the way they have known each other from last year to the transition this year, hopefully we can make things work.”