3x3: Munzon, Pasaol tapped to head PH team for OQT

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Posted at Nov 03 2019 11:36 AM

Alvin Pasaol and Joshua Munzon. Handout photo

MANILA, Philippines -- Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol are most likely the shoo-ins for the Philippine men's national 3x3 basketball team set to compete in the 2020 FIBA 3X3 Olympic qualifying tournament (OQT) this March in Delhi, India.

This, as they are the top two 3x3 players in the country. Munzon has the most ranking points in the country with 475,860 points, while Pasaol has racked up 420,940.

Combined with their experience in the global stage, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 league commissioner and program director Eric Altamirano believes that the two are the most qualified to spearhead the team in the global meet.

"Obviously, we need to have the top 10 players in the country, especially the top two. Joshua and Alvin are most likely going to be part of the team," Altamirano said Saturday during the thanksgiving celebration of the country's inclusion to the OQT.

Other players in the top 10 are Santi Santillan, Karl Dehesa, Troy Rike, Dylan Ababou, Chris De Chavez, Franky Johnson, Roosevelt Adams, and Leo De Vera.

Chooks-to-Go and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas though are still seeking clarification from FIBA on what it means with regards to its rule that the top 50 players or players that have the minimum number of ranking points actually means. 

In addition, Altamirano is asking whether the players can still rack up points from November to February.

"From there, we need to clarify the rules regarding who can be the rest of the team," said Altamirano.

"As soon as we clarify the rule in terms of the composition of the team, we are not discounting the possibility of getting players outside of our league, including the PBA," he added.

Currently, the top 50 players in the country all play in Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3.

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