FIBA 3x3 World Cup: Filipinas in must-win situation

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2018 06:00 AM

Jack Animam and the Philippine women's team are looking to win their first game in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine women's national team plunges back into action on Sunday, needing to win both of its games in order to stay in contention in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 Basketball World Cup.

The Filipinas, seeded 20th in the tournament, dropped both of their opening-day games — a 21-11 setback to fourth-seeded the Netherlands, and a 12-10 heartbreaker to 11th-seeded Germany.

They play No. 12 seed Spain, which leads Pool D with a 2-0 record, at 4:20 p.m., before wrapping up their group round schedule against No. 3 Hungary at 7 p.m.

"We will review our game today, and review kami ng games ng mga kalaban namin," said Team Philippines coach Patrick Aquino.

Spain shocked Hungary, the highest-seeded team in the group, 19-14, before beating Germany, 18-12. Hungary, meanwhile, rebounded from its loss to Spain by routing the Netherlands, 20-14.

The Filipinas know they have their work cut out, especially after their struggles in Day 1.

"Maganda naman ang pinakita namin, sa tingin ko," said veteran guard Janine Pontejos, who defied her diminutive stature by repeatedly draining jumpers over much taller opponents. "Pero na-short pa rin kami, kasi sobrang laki nila."

"Nahirapan kami mag-box out, humabol. Feeling ko, 'yun ang kulang sa amin, kaunting aggressiveness pa," she added.

Still, Pontejos guaranteed that the hosts will put up their best effort on Sunday.

"Babawi po kami. May dalawa pa kaming games so kailangan namin bumawi para 'yung mga tao naman ma-encourage magsuporta sa amin," she added.

Only the top two teams in each of the four pools will advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

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