MANILA, Philippines – Spain bundled the Philippines out of quarterfinal contention, 21-17, in the women's division of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2018 on Sunday, June 10 at the Philippine Arena.
Foul troubles hampered the Philippines' chances as the Spanish made a total of 7 freebies and Paula Palomares hit the dagger with an easy basket in the paint.
Janine Pontejos scored 13 of the Philippines' 17 points, punctuated by 5 straight points that helped Perlas pull ahead, 11-10, before foul troubles cost the Filipinas the game.
“The game was close,” said Perlas Pilipinas head coach Patrick Aquino. “May mga calls lang na kaunti na medyo numipis noong huli.” (There were tights calls in the end.)
The Filipinas, who remained winless in 3 outings, have one more chance of clinching a win in their game against 2017 runner-up Hungary later at 7pm.
“I’m hoping na sana maka maski one game, one win for the Philippines para masaya naman bago mag-exit,” said Aquino.
(I’m hoping that the Philippines will get one win so that it will be a happy exit.)
Spain (21) – Palomares 11, Prat 4, Mediavilla 4, Martinez 2.
Philippines (17) – Pontejos 13, Miranda 3, Bernardino 1, Animam 0.
More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.