BALANGA Chooks looks to stay in the top 24 of the Fiba 3x3 world rankings as it competes in the this weekend.
Bannering the Magiting Cup champions are Alvin Pasaol, Santi Santillan, Karl Dehesa and Chris de Chavez as they hoist the country's flag in Qualifying Draw A on Saturday.
"All throughout, we need to stick sa all-Filipino na. Kailangan natin ng points at ready naman kami nila Santi, Karl, at Chris to step up," said Pasaol, the 129th-ranked 3x3 player in the world.
Balanga Chooks battles Winnipeg AP of Canada at 10:40 a.m., and world No. 6 Princeton of the United States at 11:20 a.m.
It needs to top this group to progress to the main draw, where world no. 5 Piran and no. 14 Lausanne sit idle in Pool C.
The Jeju Challenger serves as a qualifier for the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour Jeddah Masters, although Balanga is already set to play in the Saudi Arabia tilt.
"This is the final stretch. All the hard work and sacrifices we did all boils down to this and Jeddah. The goal is to win, it never changes," said Dehesa.
The Philippines is trying to garner all of the points it can get before the Oct. 31 cutoff, where the country needs to stay within the top 24 to qualify for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.