30th SEA Games 3X3: Gilas sweeps opponents away


Women’semifinals pairng

1:40 pm Philippines vs Vietnam

2:00 pm Thailand vs Malaysia


Men’s semifinals pairing

2:20 pm Philippines vs Thailand

2:40 Vietnam vs Indonesia


MANILA, Philippines — The Gilas Pilipinas men’s quartet swept their elimination round Monday with a 21-6 win over Cambodia even as Gilas women suffered an upset at the hands of Thailand, 20-22, that tainted a possible twin domination of the host country in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the FilOil Flying V in San Juan City.

Burly Jason Perkins used his heft for Team Pilipinas 3X3 squad in collecting a total of 12 points for the host nation that completed a six-match sweep of the men’s division.

Earlier, Moala Tautuaa imposed his huge frame in the squad’s first game on the second day in collecting a total of nine points in a 21-12 victory over Malaysia. CJ Perez contributed six points in the win that pushed Philippines into the semifinals.

The Philippines will enter the cross-over semifinals with a 6-0 card and the top seeding.

Meanwhile, the Filipinas suffered a heartbreaker in its last match in the eliminations, bowing to Thailand in the overtime, 20-22.

Afril Bernardino able to send the match in the must-win by two-point overtime on a put back, 20-20.

But the Thais, who gain the position at the toss coin, perfectly set-up a play that completely ended the Gilas women’s hope for a perfect run at the end of the eliminations.

Warunee Kitraksa, who give the Thais a19-17 edge on a two-pointer before the Gilas women tied the count twice with the last at 20-all, used a huge screen from a teammate and then shakes free from Bernardino for a wide open two that found the end of the net.

The Gilas women ended the pool play with a 4-1 record.

The loss, however, did not deny the Filpinas’ the top seeding going into the semifinals that will start at 1:40 pm.

The Gilas women will meet No.4 Vietnam while Thailand, that occupies second spot, will meet again Malaysia in the 2:00 pm match.

The Gilas Men’s also occupied the top spot after the eliminations and will collide with no. 4 Thailand. Vietnam and Indonesia will square off in the other semifinals pairing as No. 2 and No. 3. (LO/IAMIGO/CNS)

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