After an impressive run in the preliminaries, the Philippines national women's team bid goodbye to the 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup after falling to top seed China, 21-12, during the quarterfinals in Mongolia Friday.
Bei Liu of China knocked down a jumper from rainbow territory to take the semifinals berth with 22.7 seconds left in the match.
Up by only three with 77 seconds left to play, the Chinese trio leaned on Zhouze He, who buried back-to-back two-pointers to create a 19-12 separation against the Philippines.
The Pinays attempted to rally in the last 3 minutes after Camille Izabel Clarin and Angelica Marie Surada scored 3 straight to make it 15-12.
The Chinese squad flexed its muscles early in the game with 5-0 advantage.
The Pinays booked a quarterfinal ticket after finishing second in Pool C in the elimination round with 3-1 win-loss record.
The Philippines were coming from an overtime victory over the Czech Republic, 15-14, behind the game-winning heroics of Surada.
The trio also pulled an upset win against higher-ranked Netherlands, 10-9, after a winning bucket from Clarin. It was a shocker by the 14-ranked Filipinas behind No. 6 the Netherlands.
The other members of Team Philippines are Ella Patrice Fajardo and Karl Ann Pingol.
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