From left to right, Joshua Munzon, Alvin Pasaol, CJay Perez, and Mo Tautuaa. Photo from Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas.

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Mo Tautuaa honored to play with Philippine no. 1 3x3 player Joshua Munzon

by Niel Victor Masoy, February 19, 2020 8:28pm

Mo Tautuaa practiced with the Gilas Pilipinas pool for the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifiers for the first time on Wednesday at the Ronac Gym in Mandaluyong City.

Completing that pool are Karl Dehesa, Dylan Ababou, Chris De Chavez, Leonard Santillan, Jaypee Belencion, Gab Banal, Ryan Monteclaro, Leo De Vera, CJay Perez, and Joshua Munzon.

After their practice, Tautuaa, who, together with Perez, Chris Newsome and Jason Perkins, won the 2019 3x3 Southeast Asian Games gold medal for the Philippines, shared his thoughts with the reporters.

"It was fun man. It's a lot different than the last 3x3 that I (participated). But it was fun. You can tell, it's really competitive, that's good. That's what we need, we need to be competitive," sad the Filipino-Tongan big man.

"The competitiveness rise and go. As long as we keep team in mind, play together. When it's all said and done, that's the main goal."

Tautuaa looked like in no mood to talk about the practice sessions. However, it appears that playing with Munzon - the Philippine no. 1 3x3 player - is something for him.

"I heard Joshua is no. 1 player in the world," quipped Tautuaa.

Turning serious, the San Miguel Beermen center shared it's actually an honor to play by Munzon's side.

"As a matter of fact, it's an honor playing by his side. That in itself is an accomplishment to me. I get to play the greatest 3x3 player here in the Philippines. I'm just happy to be able to say that right now," said Tautuaa.

Tautuaa and Munzon, together with Perez and Pasaol, will represent the Philippines in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifiers set to transpire from March 18 to 20 in India.

The top three teams in the tournament will advance to the Tokyo Olympics in July.

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