After exceeding expectations in the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup last June, the Gilas Pilipinas Women’s U18 team claimed a third place podium finish in the 2019 FIBA 3×3 U-18 Asia Cup, stunning the defending champions China with a 14-11 shocker in Cyberjaya, Malaysia on Saturday.
Coming off a heart-wrenching defeat in the semifinals at the hands of eventual champions Australia, Gilas Women came through in the clutch to outlast the ultra-tough Chinese squad to salvage a bronze-medal finish. With he game knotted at 11 with 55 ticks left, Kristine Cayabyab scored on a putback to retake the lead for the Philippines.
China had several attempts to to score, but were unable to drain their three-point attempts. Angel Surada iced the game with two critical shots from the foul line, giving the Pat Aquino-mentored team its highest finish in the tournament since its inception in 2013.
Surada and Cayabyab pitched in five points each, while Camille Clarin and Ella Fajardo added three and one point, respectively.
The Gilas Men’s side, meanwhile, also took on China in the Quarterfinals of the tourney. However, the group of Gerry Abadiano, Terrence Fortea, Kevin Quiambao, and Carl Tamayo were unable to mount a comeback in the final seconds and bowed out of the competition after a 21-17 defeat.
Adding insult to injury, spitfire guard Abadiano received a huge gash on his forehead after being on a receiving end of a wayward elbow at the 1:56 mark of the game.
Fortea continued his impressive showing in the tournament by once again leading his team in scoring with nine markers, while Abadiano had 7 points.
(Images from FIBA)