Photo from Jeron Teng's Twitter account
MANILA, Philippines - The country's dream trio.
The Philippines is set to conquer the global stage as it will be represented by former De La Salle University Archer Jeron Teng, two-time UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena and Kobe Paras in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2017 on June 17-21 at Nantes, France.
Former Far Eastern University Tamaraw skipper Raymar Jose will be the team's 4th man.
How far do you think @_kokoparas, @kieferravena, @jeronteng and @raymarjose6 will lead Philippines at the #3x3WC? https://t.co/jf59NmRRxH pic.twitter.com/GAzKEa60IK — FIBA3x3 (@FIBA3x3) May 19, 2017
"I'm happy to be able to play 3-on-3 again for the country," said Teng who also played in the Youth Olympics with Ray Parks and Mike Tolomia. "We're very positive and optimistic about this tournament."
According to Teng, they just started day one of their practice on Saturday, May 20 and will be working on with their chemistry as a team in the coming days.
"I've been teammates with Kiefer before. Kobe, well, I'm just excited for this," said the slasher Teng, who currently plays in the PBA D-League's Flying V Thunder.
Teng and Ravena were together representing the Philippines in a 3x3 exhibition game back in 2015.
Meanwhile, the 19-year old Paras will be the youngest player on the roster with the largest 3x3 experience as he participated in two FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cups and bagged two gold medals in the Dunk Contest.
Team Philippines will be mentored by former National University and current Flying V Thunder's head coach Eric Altamirano against host country France, El Salvador, Romania and Slovenia.
"We're still finding time to practice thrice a week since they also have classes," said coach Altamirano.
The Philippines finished 9th overall in their first appearance in the event last year. – Rappler.com