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Gilas 3×3 survives Kazakhstan to reach Asian Games quarterfinals

Delfin Dioquino

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Gilas 3×3 survives Kazakhstan to reach Asian Games quarterfinals

TOGETHER. Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 in action in the 19th Asian Games men's 3x3 basketball competition.

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Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 escapes from a Kazakhstan sudden death to set up a quarterfinal clash with South Korea

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 earned its place in the quarterfinals of the Asian Games men’s 3×3 basketball after a thrilling 15-14 victory over Kazakhstan in Hangzhou, China, on Saturday, September 30.

John Rey Pasaol and Bismarck Lina finished with 5 and 4 points, respectively, and delivered down the stretch as the Philippines set up a quarterfinal clash with South Korea later on Saturday.

Lina scored back-to-back buckets for a 14-12 lead with 30 seconds remaining before Pasaol iced the game as Kazakhstan ran out of time to equalize.

Bogdan Rabchenyuk missed the potential game-winning two-pointer for the Kazakhs with two ticks left, with Bryan Sajonia securing the rebound to seal the Filipinos’ win.

Justine Sanchez also chalked up 4 points in the triumph, while Sajonia chimed in 2 points and 6 rebounds as the Philippines bounced back from its first loss to Mongolia a day prior.

Ramazan Samsin posted 8 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort.

Gilas 3×3 faces South Korea, which clinched an outright quarterfinal berth after topping Group B, at 8:55 pm, Saturday. – Rappler.com

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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.