Top-ranked Filipino Joshua Munzon ready to play for national 3x3 team

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 13, 2019 11:06 AM
Top-ranked Joshua Munzon ready to play for national 3x3 team
Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol are ready and raring to wear the flag if and when the SBP taps them for the 2019 SEA Games

Joshua Munzon rose to the top of the Philippines' 3x3 rankings a month ago - and since then, he has stayed there.

And after leading the Pasig Grindhouse Kings to the championship of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 as well as the semifinals of the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Asia Pacific Super Quest, there is no doubt that, indeed, the Filipino-American is the best of the best in the country.

With the 2019 SEA Games looming large, Munzon is nothing but ready to wear the flag. "It would be an honor to represent the country. I'm good to go whenever they call me," he said.

According to Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ricky Vargas, though, PBA players are being eyed to make up a team that will represent the Philippines. "Committed (ang PBA) magpahiram ng players pati sa three-on-three," he said in a press conference last Tuesday.

Still, aside from Munzon, the other top-ranked players in the country are only raring to take on the tall task if and when the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas taps them.

As Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascarinas, speaking for those players who rose to the top of the rankings by playing in the tournaments backed by his company, put it, "All the players who played in our leagues are available. Even if there's an ongoing tournament, if the country needs our players, we will release them for the country."

After Munzon in the rankings are fellow Grindhouse Kings Taylor Statham and Troy Rike followed by 1Bataan's Alvin Pasaol and Santi Santillan.

Also in the top 20 of the rankings are Risers Sean Manganti and Anton Asistio; Pasig's Dylan Ababou and Leo De Vera, Vigan's Karl Dehesa and Jojo Cunanan; Jaypee Belencion, Arvin Tolentino, and Roosevelt Adams of Pasay; John Wilson and Larry Muyang of Go for Gold-San Juan; and Paulo Hubalde, Chris de Chavez, and Jan Jamon of Carga-Valenzuela.

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