3x3WC: Canada breaks the heart of Gilas with wild 1-point win
Paul Lintag on Jun 11, 2018 05:50 PM
RR Pogoy missed the game-winning basket in the final seconds as Canada scored a thrilling 20-19 win over the Philippines in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup.
BOCAUE, Bulacan --- Sorry loss for Gilas Pilipinas.
RR Pogoy missed the game-winner in the final seconds as Canada survived the Philippines Monday in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, scoring a 20-19 thriller of win at the Philippine Arena here.
Gilas lost an 18-16 lead late as the Canadians used a 4-1 blitz to break the hearts of the Filipinos.
At 1-2 in Pool C, the Philippines is practically eliminated from contention. The Pinoys however, still have the Russians at 7:00 p.m. next to wrap up group play.
Michael Linklater was crucial for Canada down the stretch, first regaining the lead for his team with a two-pointer, 19-18.
Christian Standhardinger then forced a tie but Linklater scored the go-ahead bucket inside the last five seconds. Pogoy then missed a heavily-contested two-pointer as Canada walked away with the victory.
"We're sorry but we're trying to come back to win the last game," head coach Ronnie Magsanoc said.
Gilas was in trouble early, struggling with their shots and falling to a 2-9 deficit.
But the Pogoy suddenly caught fire, firing a barrage of two-pointers as the Philippines finally tied things up at 16. Another two free throws for RR pushed Gilas ahead, 18-16, with 1:14 to go.
Pogoy scored 10 points, eight from two-point range, in a losing effort. Christian Standhardinger scored four points for the Philippines.
On the other side, Linklater led the way with nine points while Jermaine Bucknor and Michael Lieffers added five apiece.
Philippines 19 - Pogoy 10, Standhardinger 4, Pringle 3, Rosario 2.
Canada 20 - Linklater 9, Bucknor 5, Lieffers 5, Sir 1.
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