SEA Games 2019: Bernardino’s heroics not enough as Gilas Women 3×3 falls short against Thailand

The Gilas Pilipinas Women’s 3×3 tasted defeat for the first time in the 2019 SEA Games 3×3 Basketball Tournament, dropping a thrilling 20-22 nail-biter over Thailand at the FilOil Flying V Arena on Monday.

Down by two with under a minute left in regulation,  Gilas’Afril Bernardo knocked down a clutch two-pointer with 36.7 seconds to tie the game at 19 apiece. The Thais took the lead back after connecting on a short stab. But Bernardino won’t be denied once more, as she corralled her own miss and connected on a put back with no time to spare to send the game to sudden death.

Thailand’s Kutraska broke the home team’s heart with a cold-blooded three-pointer to stun the Philippine-pro crowd.

Gilas Women ended the preliminaries with a 4-1 slate after a dominant 21-14 win over Vietnam earlier in the day. They will proceed to the semifinals this afternoon.