The Philippine Men’s Team composed of Stanley Pringle, Troy Rosario, Christian Standhardinger and RR Pogoy got off to a solid start in this year’s FIBA 3×3 World Cup. They upset the 6th seeded Brazilians 15-7 but fell to a suprising Mongolian squad 21-17.
The Philippine Team, playing in front of the home crowd, fed off their energy to build a big lead in their first game. Stanley Pringle used his slithery game to get into the paint and create for himself and his teammates. RR Pogoy knocked down two jumpers and Troy Rosario controlled the paint as the Philippines built an 11-2 lead.
Brazil scored four straight points to cut the lead down to just five. But Pringle came alive once again, hitting back-to-back layups inside to increase the lead back to nine. Team Philippines cruised to the win as time ran out.
After pulling off the upset win in the first game, it was the Philippines turn to face an upset against an upstart Mongolian Team. The boys rushed out to another early 8-3 lead. But they couldn’t control the outside shooting of Mongolia. The visiting team was able to cut the lead down to just two points and disaster struck when Roasrio was called for an unsportsmanlike foul. That gave Mongolia the chance to equalize.
With momentum on their side, the Mongolians continued to snipe from beyond the arc. They sealed the win when they drained a three-pointer to reach 21 points with 1:40 left on the clock.
At 1-1, the Philippines are currently third in Pool C. They try to advance to the next round by going for key wins against Russia and Canada.
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