MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas Women got denied a preliminary round sweep in 3x3 basketball in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games after a crushing 20-22 overtime loss to Thailand on Monday, December 2.
Undefeated in its first 4 matches, the Philippines fell short of its bid to keep its record spotless heading into the semifinals despite the late-game heroics of Afril Bernardino, who delivered 8 points.
Bernardino was unstoppable in the endgame, knotting the score at 19 with a booming two-pointer before sending the game to an extra period with a putback off her own miss at the buzzer.
However, Thailand – cheered on by their compatriots who trooped to the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan – buried a two-pointer to complete the upset, with 3x3 basketball rules stating the winner is determined with the first to score 2 points.
Janine Pontejos chipped in 6 points for Gilas Pilipinas Women, while Jack Animam and Clare Castro added 4 and 1 point, respectively.
Earlier, the Philippines demolished Vietnam, 21-14, as Animam and Castro showed the way with a combined 14 points.
Philippines vs Vietnam (21-14)
Scores: Animam 8, Castro 6, Bernardino 4, Pontejos 3.
Philippines vs Thailand (20-22)
Scores: Bernardino 8, Pontejos 7, Animam 4, Castro 1.
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.