The Philippines Men’s 3X3 team fell out of contention to advance to the knockout stage after coming up short against Canada in day four of the 2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup.
Filipino-American Stanley Pringle opened the game with two straight buckets, but they were unable to stop the bleeding as the Canadians poured in nine points in the first five minutes.
Gilas Pilipinas rallied back from the slow start, cutting the seven-point deficit to three with four minutes remaining in the match after RR Pogoy hit back-to-back long shots in between Christian Standhardinger baskets.
Three-straight baskets capped of by another Pogoy three cut the deficit to one. They finally took an 18-16 lead with two Pogoy free throws at 1:14 after the Canadians fell into the penalty, but Jermaine Bucknoir and Michael Linklater made baskets to take the lead back.
A late Standhardinger basket tied the game at 19-19 with 12 seconds to go, but Linklater made the eventual game-winning layup with two seconds to go.
RR Pogoy put in a game-high 10 points, Christian Standhardinger had four markers, while Pringle and Rosario added three and two points each.
Michael Linklater led the Canadians with nine points, while Jermaine Bucknor and Michael Lieffers had five points each. Steve Sir added another point to the total.
The Philippine Men’s team will return to play their final game of the tournament today against world number three Russia at 19:00 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
“We are sorry, but well try to go out to try to win this (last) game for these people,” said the visibly disappointed Philippine team coach Ronnie Magsanoc.