Though Pasig Chooks-to-Go were not able to come home with a win during the main draw of the 2019 FIBA 3X3 Kunshan Challenger last weekend, the club and its players continued to rise in the world rankings.
Pasig Chooks-to-Go jumped three places higher from no. 27 club in the world to 24 because of their participation in the level nine-tourney.
The reigning Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup champions leapfrogged Serbian club Belgrade and Japanese squads Utsunomiya and Tachikawa.
For their part, Filipino-Americans Joshua Munzon (374,440 points) and Taylor Statham (372,360) cracked the top 100 in the FIBA 3X3 player rankings, placing 93rd and 95th respectively.
Munzon averaged 8.0 points per game in the tournament while Statham normed 6.0 points per contest.
“We lost to the better teams in Kunshan. But it’s a learning experience for our players,” said league owner Ronald Mascariñas.
The Philippines, however, dropped to 34th in the world in the men’s category.
That is why Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 will bring in two squads for the Tinkoff Moscow Challenger on June 7 and 8.
Joining Pasig Chooks-to-Go in Russia are Balanga Chooks-to-Go, who will enter the tournament as a wildcard entry in the qualifier for the Prague Masters.
“To further boost our points, we decided to send in two teams for the Moscow Challenger,” disclosed Mascariñas, who is also preparing for the import-laden Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 Patriots’ Cup on June. “We are hoping that either of our two squads will be able to get to the third leg of the World Tour.”
Besides Alvin Pasaol, Travis Franklin, Karl Dehesa, and Santi Santillan, Balanga has also added Mac Baracael to its pool.