3x3: Pasaol, Munzon headline pool for Olympic qualifier


Posted at Jan 09 2020 03:38 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2020 05:27 PM

The Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 pool for the upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament. Handout

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) With the 2020 FIBA 3X3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament less than two months away, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 unveiled the pool that will compete in the global meet.

As per FIBA 3x3 rules, four of the six players that will be part of the team should be in the top 10 of the country's rankings.

Headlining the pool are the top two Filipino players Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol.

The rest of the squad are Dylan Ababou, Karl Dehesa, Leonard Santillan, Chris De Chavez, Gab Banal, Jaypee Belencion, Leo De Vera, and Ryan Monteclaro.

The sessions were handled by Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 commissioner Eric Altamirano, Liman ace and China head coach Stefan Stojacic, and Serbian strength and conditioning coach Darko Krsman.

Also helping out in the sessions are Troy Rike and Franky Johnson.

"Our players have been training non-stop since November, giving just a few days of break during the holidays," said league owner Ronald Mascariñas. "This is our last shot at the Olympics that is why we are going all out for this."

Meanwhile, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) announced Thursday that Ronnie Magsanoc will serve as the coach of the team for the OQT.

Magsanoc called the shots for the 3x3 men's team that won gold in the recently concluded Southeast Asian Games, which was composed of PBA players Chris Newsome, CJ Perez, Jason Perkins, and Moala Tautuaa.

He also previously coached 3x3 teams to the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup in the Philippines, the 2018 FIBA 3x3 Challenger in Shanghai and the 2018 FIBA 3x3 U23 World Cup in Xi An, China.

The OQT takes place from March 18 to 22 in New Delhi, India. Three teams from the tournament will gain qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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