‘Chooks’ ups stake in Southern Finals


CHOOKS-TO-GO has once again upped the stakes in the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup by staking a P1 million cash prize for the winner of the Southern Finals between Mindanao champion Jumbo Plastic-Basilan and Visayas titlist KCS Computer Specialist-Mandaue.

The runner-up gets P500,000.

The best-of-five Finals series begins on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Pagadian City Gymnasium in Zamboanga del Sur. The games will be played everyday until a champion is crowned.

“After some delays due to the ongoing pandemic, we have finally reached the Southern Finals,” said Ronald Mascariñas, President and General Manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. which produces Chooks-to-Go. “To reward the sacrifices of the teams and the players, we beefed up the prize money.”

“Personally, I have been waiting for this game as the league has brought out the best in the Visayas and Mindanao regions,” added Mascariñas, a native of Butuan City.

“We are happy with this partnership with Chooks-to-Go because they have supported our vision of promoting talents in the Visayas and Mindanao regions,” VisMin Cup Chief Operations Officer Rocky Chan said. “The additional prize money will truly inspire both Basilan and KCS to do their best and put on a show.”

Chooks-to-Go gave P500,000 to the winners and P100,000 to the second-placers in the Visayas and Mindanao legs.

Basilan heads into the Southern Finals armed with a 10-game winning streak after topping the Mindanao leg. The team beat Petra Cement-Roxas, 89-70, to sweep the leg’s race-to-two finals last Monday.

KCS last played on May 9 when it beat heavily-favored MJAS Zenith-Talisay in Game Three of the Visayas finals.

Mandaue, however, will not have Finals MVP Ping Exciminiano, All-Visayas team member Gryann Mendoza and Al Francis Tamsi in the Southern Finals.

“It does not matter who wins the championship,” Mascariñas said. “In our hearts, they are all champions inspiring their respective basketball fans in the Visayas and Mindanao.”

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