3x3WC: Gilas splits Day 1 assignments after narrow loss to Mongolia

Paul Lintag on Jun 09, 2018 07:29 PM
3x3WC: Gilas splits Day 1 assignments after narrow loss
Tsenguunbayar Gotov drilled a two-pointer for the final basket of the game, foiling an attempted comeback by the Philippines in the final two minutes.

BOCAUE, Bulacan --- Gilas Pilipinas had another strong start but failed to sustain it this time.

Mongolia beat the Philippines in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, scoring a 21-17 decision Saturday at the Philippine Arena here.

Tsenguunbayar Gotov drilled a two-pointer for the final basket of the game, foiling an attempted comeback by the Philippines in the final two minutes.

Gilas took an 8-2 lead early as Stanley Pringle found RR Pogoy for a wide-open two-pointer.

However, a couple of flagrant fous from Pogoy and Troy Rosario robbed Gilas of any sustainable momentum. It also didn't help that Mongolia started to nail its outside shots.

Down by five, 14-19, Gilas tried to mount a final rally as Pringle drilled a long two and Christian Standhardinger added another inside bucket to cut the deficit, 17-19.

But a final trey from Gotov allowed the Mongolians to win with time to spare.

"We had our chances. t's all aout knowing how to win in the end, and I think malaki 'yung experience factor ng team ng Mongolia. No excuses naman kami because I thought that we had chances to stay ahead, but a lot of factors. Team chemistry, missed decisions, defensive breakdowns sa coverages." head coach Ronnie Magsanoc said.

"Eventually, when I looked at the score they were already at 19. One thing I learned from watching the elite teams, when they get at 19, they'll take the two-point shot no matter what. So we're still there,  but they closed it out with the two-pointer. So we have to learn quickly and have to fast-track it so we'll be ready for Monday again," he added.

As it stands, Canada leads Pool C with a clean 2-0 mark. Gilas, Mongolia, and Russia all have 1-1 marks. Brazil is winless after two games.

In the rest of Saturday's games, defending champion Serbia leads Pool A with a 2-0 record while the Netherlands, Kyrgyzstan and Romania are tied at 1-1. New Zealand is last at 0-2.

In women's play, Czech Republic and Italy topped Pool A with identical 2-0 records while Malaysia (1-1), Indonesia (0-2), and Turkemenistan (0-2) followed suit.

In Pool C, Russia and the United States also went perfect in two games, followed by Uganda with a 1-1 record. Iran and Andorra are both 0-2.

Action continues Sunday also at the Philippine Arena.

 

The Scores:

 

MONGOLIA 21 — Gotov 7, Enkhtaivan 6, Davaasambuu 6, Enkhbat 2.

PHILIPPINES 17 — Pringle 6, Pogoy 4, Rosario 4, Standhardinger 3.

 

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