MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines men’s national basketball team’s run for gold came to an end as they submitted to Belgium, 18-14, in the knockout quarterfinals of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3×3 Under-18 World Cup on Sunday, July 2, in Chengdu, China.
What appeared to be a tightly contested basketball game in the opening minutes slowly changes to the advantage of Team Belgium, which pin-pricked a late rally and went ahead 12-9 with 3 minutes remaining on the clock.
The Philippines men’s national basketball team refused to back down quite easily and started a run of their own when Florencio Serrano’s layup cut the opponents’ lead to two.
AJ Edu provided the deadlock at 12 for the Team Philippines after dropping a hook shot and converting Juan Gomez De Liaño’s steal from the other end.
The Philippines’ momentum, on the other side on the ball, was cut short when Vincent Peeters’ catch-and-shoot two gave Belgium back the advantage at 14-12 with under two minutes left on the clock.
Peeters led the Team Belgium with seven points while Nouhi and Noah Fogangtchandjou contributed in five and four points respectively.
After eliminating the Team Philippines, the Belgium will head on to a semifinals match-up against the Slovenia, which outscored the Ukraine in overtime, 20-18.
The winner of the semis bracket will face either the Netherlands or New Zealand in the championship round. – Velvetiere.com