Team Pilipinas fails to make it out of pool stage in 2015 FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championships

The Philippine team failed to make it out of the pool stage of the 2015 FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championships after losing their last match against Uruguay, 13-19.

Needing a win to advance, the Philippines came up short, allowing their foes to take the final Pool A berth, as the top four teams per group advance to the quarterfinals.

Kobe Paras was held to just three points, with Mike Nieto shouldering the brunt of the scoring load with seven markers.

Russia finished on top of Group A with an undefeated record. Poland came in second at 4-1, while Uruguay, Hungary and the Philippines all posted 2-3 cards. However, Uruguay and Hungary tallied more points over their respective five game slates, 91 and 90, respectively. In contrast, the Philippines could only accumulate 67 all-in-all.

Pool B saw Lithuania, Romania, Germany and Egypt move on. Pool C is represented by France, New Zealand, Brazil and Turkey, while Pool D’s representatives are Spain, Argentina, USA and Puerto Rico.

Indonesia, Vietnam and Kazakhstan are also among the eliminated Asian squads.

Thanks in large part to his hot start to the tourney, Paras finished with 34 points over five games, tying three other players.

Mike Nieto finished the tourney with 17 points, Ricci Rivero added 12 markers, and Richard Escoto chipped in four.

In 2013, the Philippines also failed to advance past the group stage, thanks in large part to an automatic loss to China, where all four of the Filipinos fouled out.

Paras is also slated to defend his dunk title crown, later tonight at 10:40pm (PHL time).

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