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Gilas 3×3 exits Asian Games after falling short vs South Korea in quarters

Delfin Dioquino

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Gilas 3×3 exits Asian Games after falling short vs South Korea in quarters

PASS. Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 in action in the 19th Asian Games.

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Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 falls behind early then runs out of time in its comeback against South Korea in the Asian Games quarterfinals

MANILA, Philippines – Even in 3×3 basketball, South Korea has the Philippines’ number in the Asian Games.

Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 crashed out of the continental showpiece after a 19-16 loss to Korea in the quarterfinals at the Deqing Geographic Information Park Basketball Court in Hangzhou, China, on Saturday, September 30.

John Rey Pasaol put up 6 points to lead the Filipinos, who fell behind early to the hot-shooting Koreans then fell short of their comeback as they ran out of time.

Korea raced to a commanding 9-1 lead within the first four minutes before the Philippines slowly chipped away at its deficit and got within 15-18 with 40 seconds left off a Justine Sanchez bucket.

Lee Won-seok, though, put the nail in the coffin with a short stab as he finished with 7 points and 8 rebounds to show the way for the Koreans.

Bryan Sajonia chalked up 4 points in the loss, Sanchez tallied 3 points and 7 rebounds, while Bismarck Lina posted 3 points and 4 rebounds.

Starting its campaign with three straight wins, Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 lost two of its last three games as it failed to reach the semifinals. –

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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.