Philippines suffer unexpected losses at start of SEA Games men’s and women’s 3×3 basketball tournament
MANILA, Philippines — When it comes to Southeast Asian Games basketball, 3×3 basketball is a different beast.
This was the proven case as the Philippines suffered unexpected losses at the start of the SEA Games men’s and women’s 3×3 basketball tournament in Hanoi, Vietnam on Friday, May 13.
Defending champion Gilas Men 3×3 failed to sweep their first three games after a stunning 13-15 defeat at the hands of Indonesia.
Beating Cambodia, 19-7, and Thailand, 21-16, earlier, the Filipinos – consisting of Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, Jorey Napoles, Marvin Hayes and Reymar Caduyac – lost a 6-3 lead as the Indonesians managed the surprise.
It was an unprecedented loss for Gilas Men 3×3, who battled their way to gold at the 2019 SEA Games while still under the banner of PBA stars CJ Perez, Chris Newsome, Mo Tautuaa and Jason Perkins.
Currently sitting in second place with a 2-1 record behind unbeaten Vietnam (4-0), the Philippines will still face Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Gilas Women 3×3 crumbled after starting their campaign with a 21-5 whipping of Cambodia as they lost their next two games.
The Philippines finished the day with an 18-21 loss to Vietnam and a 14-21 loss to Thailand to land in fifth place with a 1-2 record.
But the quartet of Afril Bernardino, Janine Pontejos, Clare Castro and Angelica Surada can still climb the standings as they take on Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia on Saturday.
Gilas Women 3×3 also succumbed in Vietnam at the 2019 SEA Games, but won their next three matches to propel the country to a double gold medal in 3×3 basketball.
Both the men’s and women’s teams need a top-four berth to qualify for the knockout semi-finals, with the finals also due to take place on Saturday. – Rappler.com