THE Philippines has risen to No. 31 in the world 3x3 rankings after two teams saw action in the Doha Masters of the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour in Qatar.
China is the highest-rated country in world 3x3, second overall with 10,468,502 points followed by Mongolia at No. 3 (9,262,997), Japan at No. 4 (7,563,929), Indonesia at No. 16 (3,357,574), Sri Lanka at No. 27 (1,942,713), Iran in 28th spot (1,922,952), Kazakhstan in 29th (1,866,942) and the Philippines(1,806,820).
The Philippines is seven spots away from the goal of reaching the top 24 before the Nov. 1 cut-off for entry to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
For the two Philippine-based teams that saw action in the Doha tilt, it was a good run despite being unable to progress in the knockout playoffs.
"Sobrang saya pa rin namin. Yung mga games namin, hindi namin expected na aabot kami ng quarters, na kaya namin makipagsabayan sa mga top teams ng mundo. Pero pinakita natin na kaya ng mga Pilipino," said Alvin Pasaol of Balanga Chooks.
"Ang laki ng pasasalamat namin sa mga Pilipino na sumuporta sa amin dito sa Qatar."
Pasig Chooks and Balanga Chooks exceeded expectations, scoring upsets against the top-ranked teams like world no. 1 Liman and no. 3 Riga Ghetto in the group stages.
They could not replicate their pool play stunners, though, as they bowed to fancied foes in the quarters.
"It was shocking to the world, but me and Josh (Munzon) have been talking about this over and over again that we are a tough duo to beat," said Pasig Chooks' Taylor Statham. "Coupled with the experience Angelo (Tsagarakis) and Nikola (Pavlovic), that's really an unstoppable team."
Pasig Chooks finished fifth in the level 10 event, which propelled the squad from 51st to now as the 27th-best 3x3 squad in the world.
It also allowed the Fil-Am Statham to garner 349,080 points, leapfrogging teammate Joshua Munzon as the country's top 3x3 player and 114th-best in the world.
Munzon, on the other hand, collected 338,520 points, good for 120th worldwide.
Pasig Chooks, the President's Cup champion, now gears for the Huaqiao International Kunshan Challenger in China from May 18 to 19, which will serve as a qualifier to the Chengdu Masters.
Balanga Chooks, on the other hand, settled for sixth in the Doha tourney, helping Pasaol jump to 148th in the world with his 308,680 points and Santi Santillan to figure at 221st with his 254,820 points.
"We are elated with this development, but the work is far from over. We at Chooks-to-Go will continue to do our part in helping promote 3x3 basketball, develop our players, and join the tournaments sanctioned by FIBA," said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 league owner Ronald Mascarinas.