The Men’s Team made up of Stanley Pringle, Troy Rosario, Christian Standhardinger and RR Pogoy were only able to muster a 2-2 record at the end of the Elimination Round. They finished in third place in Pool C, failing to advance to the next stage of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2018. They lost to Canada 19-20 but were able to finish on a high note with a 19-12 win over Russia.
The Philippines desperately needed a win against Canada to avoid elimination in the Elimination Rounds. The Canadians came out on fire. The Philippines couldn’t stop their offensive attack as a three-pointer from the right wing gave them a seven-point lead, 11-4. The Men’s team, played with more desperation after Canada built that lead. Standhardinger scored back-to-back buckets in the paint and Pogoy drained a long bomb to cut the lead down to just three points.
Canada took control of the game again, erecting a five-point lead. But the Filipino’s kept pushing. Pogoy scored back-to-back two-pointers under heavy pressure to tie the game at 16. He got fouled with Canada in penalty and nailed two free throws to give the Philippines a two-point lead with under a minute left. The game went down to the final seconds as both teams were tied at 19 with less than 10 seconds left. Unfortunately, the Canadians were able to score on a drive to the hoop with five seconds left and time expired on the Philippines.
The Philippines looking to salvage one more win, played angry against the third-seeded Russians. Pringle opened the game with six points as the Philippines took an early 8-3 lead. He dazzled the home crowd with his handle and outside shooting as he dropped two long bombs to give the Filipinos the lead.
The Russians couldn’t keep up with the Philippines’ energy as the home team continued to score at will inside and out. Troy Rosario scored on back-to-back shots from outside to extend the lead to 11 with a little less than four minutes left in the game. The Philippines held on to their big lead all the way to the final buzzer.
Canada and Mongolia advance to the Quarterfinals from Pool C.
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