FIBA 3x3: Pinays improve to 2-0 in qualifying draw


Posted at May 22 2019 07:07 PM

The Philippine women's team racked up its second win in a row in the qualifying draw of the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup after slipping past Chinese-Taipei, 16-13, on Wednesday afternoon.

A few hours after crushing Samoa, 21-1, the Filipinas had to battle Chinese-Taipei to the final buzzer.

Jack Animam led the Filipinas with 5 points, while Afril Bernardino and Janine Pontejos each scored 4 markers. Clare Castro added 3.

The Philippines, seeded 10th in the tournament, are on top of Qualifying Draw A ahead of their game against No. 15 Vanuatu Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Philippine men's team fell to 0-2 in their own qualifying draw.

With Ricci Rivero sidelined due to an ankle injury, the Philippines bowed to Qatar, 21-17, in their second game on Wednesday.

High school star RJ Abarrientos from Far Eastern University had 12 points, while Rhayyan Amsali had 3 and Barkley Ebona scored 2 points for the Philippines.

But they fell in eight minutes and 36 second to Qatar, who were led by Fadi Abilmona's 9 markers.

The Filipinos are in fourth place in Qualifying Draw A, just ahead of Samoa. They play Iran and Samoa on Thursday.

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