FIBA 3x3

Gilas 3×3 crashes out of Olympic contention after loss to Dominican Republic

Delfin Dioquino
Gilas 3×3 crashes out of Olympic contention after loss to Dominican Republic

WINLESS. The shorthanded Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 falls prey to Dominican Republic.

FIBA

With Mo Tautuaa sidelined, Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 suffers its third loss in as many games in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 bid its Tokyo Games hopes goodbye following a heartbreaking 22-11 loss to Dominican Republic in the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Graz, Austria on Friday, May 28.

With Mo Tautuaa sidelined due to an injury, the Filipinos suffered their third loss in as many games as they crashed out of contention in the knockout round of the OQT.

In a battle between winless teams, Dominican Republic imposed its size on the shorthanded Gilas 3×3 crew behind Bryant Piantini and Henry Valdez to notch its first victory in Group C.

Piantini torched the Philippines with 8 points capped with the game-winning two-pointer, while Valdez frolicked inside the paint with 7 points and 8 rebounds.

A Joshua Munzon two-pointer and layup pulled Gilas 3×3 within 4 points, 10-14, but Dominican Republic unloaded an 8-1 run – highlighted by 3 straight Cesar Reyes Points – to nail the win.

Munzon led the Filipinos with 8 points and 5 rebounds, CJ Perez put up 2 points and 6 rebounds, while Santi Santillan had 1 point and 5 rebounds.

Now at fifth and last place in Group C, the Philippines can still end its campaign on a winning note against France later in the day. – Rappler.com

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.