The Philippine 3×3 U23 team with Ricci Rivero, Rhayyan Amsali, Jeepy Faundo and Rj Abarrientos faltered in their first two games of the FIBA 3×3 U23 World Cup.
They opened their campaign with 17-21 loss to Slovenia. Ricci Rivero tried his best to give the Philippine Team the win. He scored seven points to lead the way against the top-seeded Slovenians.
Rivero added five points in the 14-21 loss against Serbia in the second game of Day 1. He finished with 12 points and a couple of highlight plays in the opening day of competition.
The Philippine Squad will try to get their first win when they face China and Turkmenistan next.
The Philippine Team is ranked 19th out of 20 teams in the tournament. They’re currently in last place in Pool C with no wins yet.