Philippines rises to no. 18 in FIBA 3x3 rankings after Chooks FIBA 3x3 Manila Masters

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The Philippines rose to no. 18 in the FIBA 3x3 rankings after its successful hosting of the 2022 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila Masters last weekend.

Gaining valuable FIBA 3x3 points is vital in this crucial stretch as the cutoff for qualification for both the Paris Olympics and the Olympic Qualifying Tournament is a mere 18 months away.

"We already know the formula for us to reach the OQT having done so during the last Olympic cycle," said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas. "Maintaining our rank will be relatively easy. The goal now is to turn our players into world-class athletes.

"Hosting and participating bring in points but winning FIBA 3x3 tournaments will bring maximum points," he continued.

For the past two months, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 teams have competed in three Super Quests which are level eight events.

The Philippines got 22,750 points in Dubai last March 31, 80,675 points for hosting and winning the Asia Pacific Super Quest last April 30, and 52,805 points for joining the Ulaanbaatar Super Quest last May 6-7.

The largest chunk of points, though, came from the Manila Masters as it raked in 247,158 points, boosting the country from no. 27 last week to the top 18.

Meanwhile, the top eight players in the country all belong to Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 as well.

Cebu Chooks' Cebuano ace Mac Tallo kept his spot as the country's ace 3x3 player while also rising to no. 72 in the world with (149,120). This is the highest position a Filipino has notched in the World Tour era since former Pasig Chooks player Joshua Munzon placed 92 during the fourth week of May, 2019.

Cebu's Zach Huang (no. 114, 98,941 pts), Manila's Chico Lanete (no. 139, 86,612), Manila's Dennis Santos (no. 163, 75,817), Cebu's Brandon Ramirez (no. 191, 66,722), Manila's Mark Yee (no. 303, 41,515), Manila's Ken Holmqvist (no. 435, 27,000), and Manila's Ron Dennison (no. 785, 17,160) complete the top eight.

"We are looking to add more players who will fit Coach Aldin Ayo's system so that we can fill up the top 25 slots in the country," said Mascariñas.

"We are pleased with the developments of our program," added Ayo. "This is just the start and we are hoping that the players continue to embrace not just our system but also this sport.

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