MANILA – The Philippines continued its rise in the FIBA 3x3 World Rankings after fine performances by Pasig Chooks and Balanga Chooks (1Bataan Risers) in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters in Doha.
From number 32 after the Chooks-to-Go 3x3 Asia Pacific Super Quest, the Philippines jumped one spot to number 31 (1,806,820 points) in the Federation Rankings, as the country sent two representatives to the Level 10 event.
"We are elated with this development but the work is far from over," said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 league owner Ronald Mascariñas.
"We at Chooks-to-Go will continue to do our part in helping promote 3x3 basketball, develop our players, and join the tournaments sanctioned by FIBA," added the sports patron.
For their fifth-place finish in Doha, Pasig Chooks rose from no. 51 in the world to no. 27.
Despite figuring in a tough grouping during pool play, Pasig routed home team Katara, 21-14 (8:08), before scoring a massive upset of now-world no. 2 Liman, 19-16.
Pasig though was overwhelmed by eventual-champion Riga Ghetto, who remained at no. 3, in the quarterfinals, 21-15.
Up next for Pasig is the Kunshan Challenger from May 18 to 19, a qualifier to the Chengdu Masters.
In the individual rankings, Taylor Statham overtook Joshua Munzon as the top player in the country.
The 6-foot-6 forward (349,080) is now ranked as the 114th best 3x3 player in the world while Munzon (338,520) at 121.
Bataan's Alvin Pasaol cracked the top 150 as he is now at 148 with 308,680. Leonard Santillan completed the Filipino cast in the top 250 at 221.
The Philippines is looking to end up at the top 24 in the federation rankings by November 1, 2019 to qualify for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Only eight teams will play in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
For the National Team pool, FIBA has mandated that only the top 10 players in each country are allowed to compose a team's lineup.
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