The Pasig Grindhouse Kings' journey to the first-ever Chooks-to-Go 3x3 Asia Pacific Super Quest wasn't easy.
For five legs in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup, the Pasig quartet had huge targets on their backs, figuring in highly physical games day in and day out.
It not only pushed the team to their limit but also tested their character.
In the end, it was all worth it as last Sunday, the Kings punched their ticket to the Super Quest and the 2019 FIBA World Tour Masters Doha and brought home a P1 million cash prize.
"This is my first championship here in the Philippines. Everyone put in the hard work which pushed me to find my next level. It was a long season, but I'm glad about how it ended," said Troy Rike as Pasig only lost twice in the 23 games they played.
"Feels good. We put in a lot of hard work, extra hours. For everything to pay off, it's definitely satisfying," added Joshua Munzon, the country's top 3x3 player.
For the three Filipino-Americans -- all of whom were either born or raised in California, it has always been their dream to represent the Philippines in international tourneys.
"It's an honor for me to represent my motherland. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be out here," said Munzon.
"I was so happy. Representing the Philippines is my number one goal ever since. 3X3 or five-on-five, it's just a huge honor," shared Rike.
"The past few weeks, I've been talking a lot with my mom and my grandma about this opportunity to represent the Philippines. I mean, it's just a surreal feeling to represent the Philippines," admitted Taylor Statham.
Pasig will find out how it'll stack up against other 3x3 teams in the region this weekend. In the group stages of the Super Quest alone, they will face Indonesia's Jakarta West Bandits at 11:40 a.m. on Saturday before taking on Taipei's Absolute 3x3 at 3 p.m.
With only two from their pool advancing to the next round, the Pasig quartet knows that there is little to no room for error.
"The work is far from done. I'm excited but I'm already thinking about what we need to win the Super Quest," declared Statham.
"I can just promise that we will give our best for the Super Quest. I'm new to the team and I have a lot to work on with them. The next days will be important for our team," said Pasig import Nikola Pavlovic.