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Pasig, Balanga make sure PHI continues climbing 3x3 world rankings

By ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 22, 2019 05:22 PM

(Photo courtesy of Chooks Pilipinas 3x3)

The Philippines continued its rise in the FIBA 3x3 World Rankings after the sensational outings of 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 thanks to the country sending 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.

For their fifth-place finish in Doha, Pasig Chooks rose from no. 51 in the world to no. 27.

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, 15-21.

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) is at 121.

Bataan's Alvin Pasaol cracked the top 150 as he is now at 148 with 308,680. Santi Santillan completed the Filipino cast in the top 250 at 221.

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 in the Olympics.

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