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Gilas Men go down swinging as China escapes with 3×3 Asia Cup bronze
China marched on to the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup podium with a bronze medal after escaping Gilas Pilipinas, 20-18.
Almond Vosotros – Gilas’ hero in its 21-20 quarterfinal conquest of top-seeded Mongolia – emptied his offensive clip at the Chinese, but only hit 2-of-11 from two-point range for his third straight 8-point game.
Joseph Eriobu scored 5, while Lervin Flores and Samboy de Leon chipped in 3 and 2 points, respectively.
Zeyi Liu made full use of his height advantage and led with a game-high 9 points, all off inside shots.
Australia captured the championship after downing New Zealand, 21-17, to complete a three-peat.
Kiwis play bully-ball, end Gilas’ FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup Cinderella run
New Zealand ended the Gilas Pilipinas Men’s gold medal hopes at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup with a 21-13 semifinals beatdown.
Nikau McCullough provided the outside spark with 8 points off 3-of-6 shooting from two-point range while the rest of the Kiwis made a living in the post to complete the balanced attack.
Almond Vosotros led Gilas anew with 8 of the team’s 13 points as no one else scored more than 2.
The Philippines is now relegated to the 3rd place match at 7:45 pm.
After eliminating top seed Mongolia, the Philippines shoots for another upset in the 2022 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup as Gilas Pilipinas battles New Zealand in a knockout semifinal clash on Sunday, July 10, at 6:15 pm.
The winner will advance to the championship round against the semifinal victor between Australia and China.
Heroic Vosotros deuce downs top seed Mongolia in thrilling quarterfinal clash
Gilas Pilipinas Men marched on to the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup semifinals after super sniper Almond Vosotros drained a giant-slaying shot to down top-seeded Mongolia, 21-20.
Vosotros finished with 8 points while Samboy De Leon – who corralled the all-important offensive board that led to the game-winning deuce – scored 7.
Joseph Eriobu added 5 points while Lervin Flores scored 1 for the Filipino side, who will take on New Zealand in the semifinals later at 6:15 pm.
The Philippines hopes to stay alive in the 2022 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup as Gilas Pilipinas takes on top seed Mongolia in the knockout quarterfinal match on Sunday, July 10 at 3:25 pm.
Pool stage results
Gilas Pilipinas falls to China, still advances to quarterfinals
China proved to be too big and too fast as Gilas Pilipinas absorbed its first loss in the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup by way of an 11-21 defeat to end the pool stage on Saturday, July 9.
Almond Vosotros and the rest Filipinos struggled to find the bottom of the net against the significantly taller Chinese as they failed to stretch their winning streak to four games.
China jumped to a 5-0 lead and never looked back to top Pool C with a 2-0 record.
The leading scorer in their previous wins, Vosotros got limited to just 3 points, while Lervin Flores led the Philippines with 4 points.
Samboy de Leon and Joseph Eriobu added 2 points apiece in the loss.
Landing at second place in Pool C with a 1-1 slate, Gilas Pilipinas still advanced to the quarterfinals, where it will tangle with top seed Mongolia, which ruled Pool A with a 2-0 card.
China, on the other hand, will face Pool A second-placer Korea.
Remaining Pool C team Singapore bowed out after going winless in two games.
Gilas Pilipinas survives Singapore to stay unbeaten
Almond Vosotros came alive late to lift Gilas Pilipinas past host Singapore, 21-17, for a triumphant start in the pool stage of the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup on Saturday, July 9.
Missing point-blank shots he is used to making in the first eight minutes, Vosotros scored 4 of their last 7 points as the Philippines stayed unbeaten in three games.
Vosotros sank a long bomb to give Gilas Pilipinas a 16-15 edge with under two minutes left, scored a layup to cap a 3-0 spurt for a 19-16 lead, and drained the game-winning jumper.
The Philippines closed out Singapore with a 5-1 run.
“We were more composed,” said Vosotros, who finished with a game-high-tying 6 points.
Lervin Flores also chalked up 6 points, Samboy de Leon tallied 5 points, while Joseph Eriobu put up 4 points as he kept the Philippines afloat early.
Gilas Pilipinas eyes a sweep of Pool C as it tangles with China later on Saturday at 9:25 pm.
Pool stage preview
The Philippines continues its campaign in the 2022 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup as Gilas Pilipinas faces host country Singapore on Saturday, July 9 at 3:35 pm, and Group H top seed China in the last game of the day at 9:25 pm.
Qualifying round results
Vosotros explodes anew to tow Gilas to FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup main draw
Gilas Pilipinas Men advanced to the main draw of the 2022 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup after downing Indonesia, 21-15, in a quick shootout to end their qualifier round.
After erupting for 11 points in his first game, sniper Almond Vosotros again dropped 11 against the Indonesians, highlighted with back-to-back deuces to end the game with exactly 4 minutes remaining.
Down 11-10 at the halfway point of the game, the TNT 3×3 champion guard took matters into his own hands, and drained all five of his long bombs in a stunning 11-4 personal run to end the game in favor of Gilas.
Joseph Eriobu powered the Filipinos’ initial rally as he was responsible for 8 of Gilas’ first 10 points, while Samboy de Leon and Lervin Flores scored a point apiece.
The main draw is set for Saturday, July 9, as the Philippines faces either Sri Lanka or China in the first game.
Gilas Women bow out of Asia Cup 3×3 contention
The Gilas Pilipinas Women bowed out of 2022 FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup contention after Thailand squeaked past with a 13-11 escape act to move up to the main draw.
Afril Bernardino led the losing cause with 6 points, all off inside shots, but her effort was not enough to hold back Thailand’s balanced attack, highlighted with a late Rujiwan Bunsinprom and-one bucket to give the Thais a 12-11 lead with 22.8 ticks left.
Khate Castillo and Camille Clarin could not get their desperation deuces to fall as Miss Thunchanok Lumdabpang sealed the deal with one last bucket for the 13-11 finish.
Castillo finished with 4 points as Trina Guytingco scored 1, while Clarin ended up scoreless.
Gilas Women torch Jordan from downtown in blowout debut
Gilas Pilipinas Women cruised to a statement 21-9 blowout over Jordan to start off their FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup 2022 run.
Off a strong 8-4 start thanks to Afril Bernardino’s inside scoring, the sharpshooting trio of Camille Clarin, Khate Castillo, and Trina Guytingco then took turns drilling deuces in a pivotal 6-2 burst for the 14-6 gap.
Jordan only came as close as 9-15 before a final 6-0 Gilas finishing kick capped by a Castillo free throw ended the match with 1:59 left.
Castillo and Bernardino each scored 7 as Guytingco added 5 points, while Clarin chipped in 2.
Gilas Men deny late Jordan run for winning start
Gilas Pilipinas Men got off to a great start at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup 2022 with a 21-19 escape over Jordan.
Almond Vosotros waxed white-hot from deep to kick off the Philippines’ campaign in Singapore with 11 points, highlighted by back-to-back deuces to peak with a five-point lead, 16-11.
Although Caden Chudri Zuheir Alnajdawi capped an 8-3 Jordan fightback for the 19-all tie with 1:34 left, Joseph Eriobu took things to his own hands, and ended the game with a contested deuce at the 1:22 mark.
Eriobu finished with 6 points, while Samboy de Leon and Lervin Flores scored 2 apiece.
Tough competition awaits Gilas Pilipinas’ men’s and women’s teams when they see action in the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup, which runs from July 6 to 10 in Singapore.
Almond Vosotros, Samboy de Leon, and Lervin Flores – the core of winningest PBA 3×3 squad TNT – make up the men’s side together with Purefoods standout Joseph Eriobu.
Bunched with Indonesia and Jordan in the qualifying draw, the men’s team needs to finish at the top of its group to advance to the pool stage.
Only Mongolia, Australia, and host Singapore have secured outright berths in the pool stage.
Meanwhile, familiar faces form the women’s crew as 5-on-5 mainstays Afril Bernardino, Khate Castillo, Camille Clarin, and Katrina Guytingco team up anew.
Just like its male counterparts, the women’s squad have to top its group, which includes Thailand and Jordan, in the qualifying draw in order to reach the pool stage.
Both the Philippines’ men’s and women’s teams will start their respective campaigns on Thursday, July 7.