Manila, Philippines – The Philippines has risen in number. After hosting the 2022 FIBA 3 × 3 World Tour Manila Masters over the weekend, the FIBA 3 × 3 Federation is ranked 18th in the world.
The cutoff is just 16 months away from qualifying for both the Paris Olympics and the Olympic qualifying tournament.
“We already know the formula for reaching OQT during the last Olympic cycle,” said Ronald Mascarinas, president of Chokes-to-Go. “It simply came to our notice then. Now the goal is to turn our players into world-class athletes.
“Hosting and participating brings points but winning the FIBA 3 × 3 tournament will bring maximum points,” he continued.
Over the past two months, the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3 × 3 team has competed in three super quests that are level eight events.
The Philippines received 22,750 points from Dubai on March 31, 80,675 points for organizing and winning the Asia Pacific Super Quest on April 30, and 52,805 points for joining the Ulan Bator Super Quest on May 6-7.
Although the biggest points came from the Manila Masters as it brought in 247,158 points, pushing the country out of the numbers. 27 Top 18 last week.
By comparison, a full conference consisting of seven legs from the country’s four-tier domestic league brings in a total of about 35,000 points.
The country’s top eight players also belong to the Chuks-to-Go Pilipinus 3 × 3 league.
Cebu Chokes’ MacTallo has retained its position as the country’s top 3 × 3 player and has also risen to No. 1. (149,120) with 72 in the world. This is the highest position for Filipinos in the World Tour era since former Pasig Chooks player Joshua Munzon placed 92 in the fourth week of May 2019.
Sebur Zach Huang (No. 114, 98,941 points), Manila Chico Lanette (No. 139, 86,612 points), Manila Dennis Santos (No. 163, 75,817 points), Sebur Brandon Ramirez (No. 12, 26, 26 points), Manne (No. 191, 66,722 points). Manilar Ken Holmcovist (Nos. 435, 27,000) and Manila Ron Dennison (Nos. 785, 17,160) completed the top eight.
“We want to add more players who will fit in with coach Aldin Ayor’s system so that we can fill the top 25 slots in the country,” said Mascarenhas.
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