Philippines falls to Qatar, Malaysia in FIBA Asia 3X3 U18

ABS-CBN Sports on May 28, 2017 02:12 PM
Philippines falls to Qatar, Malaysia in FIBA Asia 3X3 U18
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A young Philippine team was upended by a regional rival in the 2017 FIBA 3X3 Under-18 Asia Cup.

Behind the heroics of Zhong Shin Thea, 11th-ranked home team Malaysia upset Asian number two Philippines by a score of 21-17 on Saturday (Sunday, Philippine time).

As such, the Filipinos, with an average age of 16.75, were unable to come out of the pool phase unscathed.

With their 1-1 record, they moved on to face defending champion Qatar in the quarterfinals.

There, the Philippines was shown the door by a score of 17-20.

The team composed of Rhayyan Amsali, Michael Malonzo, Harvey Pagsanjan, and Andrew Velasco bow out of contention with only one win which came at the expense of Kazakhstan, 18-13.

Last year, the Filipinos finished as runners-up in the tournament.

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