The Pasig Grindhouse Kings will be backed up by two imports when they see action in the 2019 World Tour Masters 3×3 Basketball Competitions in Qatar this Thursday.
The Kings, who will play with the country's top 3×3 players Joshua Munzon and Taylor Statham, will be beefed up by Angelo Tsagarakis of France and Nikola Pavlovic of Serbia.
Tsagarakis, who replaced Troy Rike, was part of the team that steered France to a bronze-medal finish during the 2017 World Cup,
Considered as Serbia's no. 28 player, Pavlovic had the privilege of being part of the team which has won three World Tour Masters with Novi Sad.
The Kings are riding high on their successful outings in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President's Cup and the Asia Pacific Super Quest.
"That's our first taste of international competition. I think that made us ready for the physicality of the game," said Munzon.
The Kings talked about their coming campaign Tuesday before leaving for Doha.
In the group stages alone, Pasig Chooks-to-Go is pooled with the top 3×3 team in the world, Liman of Serbia and host team Katara of Qatar.
If ever Pasig gets through to the knockout playoffs, the Kings could face either no. 2 team Novi Sad, no. 3 Riga Ghetto of Latvia, or Ljubljana of Slovenia.
"Nikola has to bring his level higher, we all need to do it," said Tsagarakis, who competed in the 2017 World Tour Masters Prague.