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    Top Japanese 3x3 player Tomoya Ochiai lauds Bataan Risers' grit

    Apr 7, 2019
    Tomoya Ochiai believes the Filipino teams will do good in the Qatar tilt.
    PHOTO: Edward Solo

    TOMOYA Ochiai believes the Philippine has what it takes to shine in the Doha Masters of the 2019 Fiba 3x3 World Tour.

    "Filipinos and Japanese will represent Asia in the World Tou). There are many European teams, strong teams that are coming, and we'll represent Asia," he said following Tokyo Dime.exe winning the Chooks-to-Go 3x3 Asia Pacific Super Quest championship.

    "We'll both show puso."

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    Tokyo Dime, together with Super Quest runner-up 1Bataan Risers and President's Cup titlist Pasig Grindhouse Kings, earned spots to the Qatar tilt from April 18 to 19.

    The Japanese defeated host teams before getting their hand on the crown.

    They outlasted Pasig Grindhouse in the semifinals, 16-11, before rallying to beat 1Bataan, 22-20, in the championship game.

    "Those were very, very tough games. But we believed in our power and trust to the team. We took it possession-by-possession and treated every one of those importantly," he said.

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    Ochiai, the top ranked Japanese 3x3 player and the 93rd in the world, lauded the Risers for the grit it showed against the world no. 19 Tokyo Dime.exe.

    "It was a good fight. It was a physical game, a tough game, and I like it," he said after scoring six in the final. "Filipino guys are very tough."

    Overall, it was a great experience for Tokyo Dime.exe, one which Ochiai said that he'll treasure as his team braces for another challenge in the Doha Masters.

    "I love Manila. This was very great. Good people, good event, good tournament, good place. I'm so happy," he said.

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    Tomoya Ochiai believes the Filipino teams will do good in the Qatar tilt.
    PHOTO: Edward Solo
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