FIBA 3x3 World Cup: Philippines rally falls short in loss to Slovenia


Posted at Jun 21 2017 02:19 AM | Updated as of Jun 21 2017 04:36 AM

Kiefer Ravena scored 7 points in the Philippines' 21-14 loss to Slovenia in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in Nantes, France on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time). Courtesy of

(UPDATED) The Philippines lost 21-14 to Slovenia in pool play in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in Nantes, France on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).

The Filipinos fell 5-0 to the Slovenians and at one point looked ready to be blown out when the latter went up 15-7.

But Kobe Paras and co. chipped away at the deficit to come to within 15-11 after JR Quiñahan's follow-up basket.

With a chance to draw nearer, Paras missed his layup, before the Slovenians hit back-to-back 2-pointers to snuff out the Filipinos' comeback hopes. 

Adin Kavgic closed the game with a bucket off an offensive rebound with 1:20 left in the game.

Ravena led the Philippines with 7 points, while Paras had 4.

The loss dropped the Philippines to 4th place in Pool B, well behind Slovenia and France, which are virtually assured of spots in the next round with their superior point totals.

The Filipinos have one more game in hand, though, against last-place El Salvador 3 a.m., Wednesday, Manila time.

Meanwhile, Kyle Montgomery, who calls the games on FIBA's YouTube broadcast, owned up to flubbing the relationship status of Ravena and girlfriend Alyssa Valdez, joking about mistakenly calling the couple married.

Montgomery isn't entirely off the hook, though, after he repeatedly called Quiñahan "Extra Nice," a misspelling of his moniker "Extra Rice."