Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas 3×3 program director Ronnie Magsanoc said that players from Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 could possibly represent the Philippines in the halfcourt event of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
“That is a big possibility,” he said.
Magsanoc revealed the federation has yet to inform him of their approach for the 3×3 event to be held at the FilOil Flying V Center. Still, he said that Chooks players are in strong consideration given their rankings in FIBA 3×3.
Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 is home to the Top 20 players in the country, led by Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol.
Completing the top 20 are Leonard Santillan, Troy Rike, Karl Dehesa, Jaypee Belencion, Arvin Tolentino, Sean Manganti, Anton Asistio, Ron Lastimosa, Dylan Ababou, John Wilson, Larry Muyang, Roosevelt Adams, Leo De Vera, Paolo Hubalde, Jojo Cunanan, Chris De Chavez, Jan Jamon, and Rey Suerte.
“That is also an option. Yung mga nasa Chooks-to-Go, most of them have made it to the top one-hundred already,” Magsanoc said.
“They will always be considered even a part of the pool because of their ranking.”
Magsanoc also lauded Chooks-to-Go’s efforts to promote the sport and help the country rake in points to chase the Olympic dream. Chooks’ goal is to help the Philippines make it into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“Napakalaking bagay ng ginagawa nila,” the PBA legend said.
“Hindi pa nagagawa yun eh, pero sila nagawa nila.”
What Magsanoc has said is truly a welcome development for Chooks, since league owner Ronald Mascariñas declared before that the first-of-its-kind league in the country is opening its pool of players for national team duties.
“We are publicly offering the field for SBP. All the players who played in our Chooks-to-Go league are available,” he said.
“Even if there’s an ongoing tournament, if the country needs our players, we will release them for the country.”