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Gilas 3×3 falls to Qatar in FIBA OQT opener

Delfin Dioquino
Gilas 3×3 falls to Qatar in FIBA OQT opener

COLD-SHOOTING. Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 struggles offensively in its first game in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

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Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 fails to recover from its lethargic start as Qatar cruises to a blowout win in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 got off on the wrong foot in the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament after absorbing a 21-12 loss to Qatar in its opening game in Graz, Austria on Wednesday, May 26.

The Filipinos failed to recover from their lethargic start as the Qataris seized a 7-0 lead en route to the blowout victory in their Group C clash.

Abdulrahman Saad starred for Qatar with 10 points built on four two-pointers to go with 5 rebounds, while Nedim Muslic torched the Philippines with 9 points and 3 rebounds.

CJ Perez kept Gilas 3×3 within shouting distance after drilling in a long bomb to trim their deficit to 6 points, 11-17.

However, Saad and Muslic drained back-to-back two-pointers as Qatar wrapped up the win with 1:44 minutes left to play.

Perez led the way for the Philippines with 5 points and 7 rebounds, while Joshua Munzon – the top-ranked 3×3 player in the country – had 5 points and 3 rebounds in the loss.

While Qatar shot a scintillating 60% from one-point range and a respectable 43% from two-point distance, the Philippines struggled with its offense.

Gilas 3×3 made only 33% and 36% of its one-point and two-point attempts, respectively, and missed all of its three free throws.

The Philippines will try to bounce back against Slovenia – the No. 4 ranked team in the world – later in the day at 9:35 pm.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Gilas Pilipinas at FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2021

HIGHLIGHTS: Gilas Pilipinas at FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2021

– 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.