Coach Ronnie hopes Pogoy, Pringle, and company stay together for 3x3

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 14, 2018 08:04 PM
Coach Ronnie hopes Pogoy and company stay together for 3x3
Coach Ronnie Magsanoc wants the Philippines to keep together the squad that played in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018

With the national program for 3x3 already under development, those who could represent the country are already being considered.

For Ronnie Magsanoc, however, the frontrunners for the player pool in that national program should be RR Pogoy, Stanley Pringle, Troy Rosario, and Christian Standhardinger.

Those four, coached by Magsanoc, played and made sure the Philippines had a competitive showing in the recently-concluded FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018.

That is exactly why, for Magsanoc, those four should also be the top of mind for a Filipino team that will gun for a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I hope these players will be part of the pool because they are the ones who started the 3x3 program,” he said in the team’s thanksgiving dinner on Thursday in Ortigas.

That doesn’t mean, however, that anything is already set in stone. “It’s hard to say right now. We’ll see,” Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas official and Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio said.

Ronald Mascarinas, president of team backer Chooks-to-Go, was of the same mind. As he put it, “There are no concrete plans yet.”

In fact, also in consideration for that spot are the Gilas cadets who are, as of right now, competing in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup. “Our cadets are being honed to be the representatives of future national teams. They can be and will be candidates for 5-on-5 and 3x3 depending on the need,” Antionio said.

That means that all of Juan Gomez de Liano, Ricci Rivero, and Kobe Paras, who have already represented the Philippines in international 3x3, also have a chance at wearing the flag anew for 3x3.

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