Fil-Am Joshua Munzon is Philippines’ no. 1 3x3 player

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 17, 2019 06:11 PM
Fil-Am Joshua Munzon is Philippines’ no. 1 3x3 player
The Pasig Grindhouse Kings have claimed the top three spots in the Philippines’ 3x3 rankings

For leading the Pasig-Grindhouse Kings to the wins in two of the four legs in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 President's Cup, Joshua Munzon has been ranked as the top 3x3 basketball player in the country.

This is according to the FIBA 3x3 Play Rankings for the Philippines that was updated last Saturday.

Munzon, a lanky 6-foot-4 swingman, scored a total of 96 points in 12 games played. He has accumulated 79,380 ranking points from FIBA.

Joining Munzon in the top three are Pasig teammates Taylor Statham and Troy Rike.

Statham, who is the third-best scorer in the league with 91 total points, accumulated 72,220 points while Rike tallied a total of 77,590 points.

Pasig will enter the Grand Finals of the President's Cup as the top-seed with 360 total points from the first four legs. The knockout tournament that will have a winner-take-all PHP 1M as the grand prize and a ticket to the FIBA 3X3 World Tour Doha takes place on March 31 at the SM Fairview Events Center.

Completing the top five are 1Bataan Risers scorer Alvin Pasaol (56,390) and floor general Anton Asistio (54,750).

The Risers are the second-seed for the Grand Finals.

Pasay Voyagers' Jaypee Belencion (45,620), Pasig's Dylan Ababou (45,070), and Pasay's Arvin Tolentino (45,040) round out the top eight.

The Philippines is currently ranked as the 39th federation in 3x3 basketball with 1,267,280 points. For the men's side, the country is placed at 47th with 2,626,895 points.

If ever the country qualifies for an Olympic Qualifying Tournament in 3x3 basketball, the International Basketball Federation has mandated that the top 10 3x3 players in the country will compose the national team pool.

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