Standhardinger, Pringle lead PH team in 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup

Delfin Dioquino
(UPDATED) The Filipinos will face Russia, Brazil, Mongolia and Canada in Group C of the tournament

NATIONAL TEAM. (From left) Christian Standhardinger, Stanley Pringle, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy will represent the Philippines in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, which the country will host from June 8 to 12. Photo by Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Four PBA players will don the national colors in the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup. 

San Miguel Beermen’s Christian Standhardinger, GlobalPort Batang Pier’s Stanley Pringle and TNT KaTropa’s Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy will represent the country in the annual tourney which the Philippines will host from June 8 to 12 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. 

Notably left out of the squad were Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva, who are fan favorites to see action in the 3×3 World Cup.

But Ronnie Magsanoc, who will coach the Philippine team, said their player choice was based on building a “younger unit.”

It was a collective decision to choose the 4 names that were mentioned earlier. We’re hoping that somehow this would be a team that not only would be competitive but also provide a good template on what the future brings for the program of the 3×3 because as I understand, this is just the beginning, the opening of the door for a possible exponential growth of the sport in the country,” said Magsanoc. 

The Philippines will be joined by Russia, Brazil, Mongolia and Canada in Group C. 

In coordination with the PBA, the players’ respective teams are not scheduled to play while the 3×3 World Cup is ongoing.

Kung mapapansin niyo sa schedule namin, walang game ang Global, walang game ang San Miguel, walang game ang Talk N’ Text sa period na ‘yun. Sinusuportahan namin ito, kahit sa Gilas, pareho ng suporta namin sa 3 on 3,” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.

(If you notice our schedule, there will be no games for Global, San Miguel and TNT during that period. We support the 3 on 3 team as much as we support Gilas.)

Meanwhile, Afril Bernardino, Jack Danielle Animam, Gemma Miranda and Janine Pontejos will see action in Group D of the women’s division, where the Philippines will battle against Spain, Germany, Netherlands and Hungary.

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.