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Pasig, 1Bataan make tweaks ahead of Super Quest

Nikola Pavlovic, left, and Travis Franklin are now in the country to backstop its two representatives to the first FIBA 3x3 Asia Pacific Super Quest. Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—In line with making them more competitive for the inaugural Chooks-To-Go-FIBA 3x3 Asia-Pacific Super Quest, Pasig and 1Bataan made adjustments to their lineup.

The Kings acquired the services of former Novi Sad Al-Wahda player Nikola Pavlovic to backstop Joshua Munzon, Taylor Statham, and Troy Rike.

"I think this is a good opportunity to grow Philippine 3x3 basketball, especially here in Manila. I think our team is motivated to play in front of the Filipino people," said Pavlovic, who takes over Leo De Vera for the April 6-7 event at the SM Megamall Events Center in Mandaluyong.

On the other hand, the Risers also looked for familiarity in the game as they took former FIBA 3x3 World Tour player Karl Dehesa to their fold.

Dehesa played for Vigan in the recently concluded Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup.

Joining Dehesa, Alvin Pasaol, and Santi Santillan at 1Bataan is American Travis Franklin.

Franklin previously played for Al Mouttahed Tripoli in the Lebanese league earlier this year prior to his first venture in the 3x3 scene.

"It's different but it's an open game. At the end of the day, it's basketball and I love this game," shared Franklin.

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