Stanley Pringle goes against Russian defenders during the FIBA 3x3 World Cup at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan on Monday.Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV
BOCAUE, Bulacan — Gilas Pilipinas put the exclamation point to their final outing in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup, taking down the mighty thir-seeded Russia, 19-12, Monday night at the Philippine Arena.
Troy Rosario — as if making up for the last two heartbreaking losses — had a torrid outside shooting. His marksmanship, coupled with Stanley Pringle’s usual sharpness off isolation plays, helped the Filipinos stay on the driver's seat.
Victor Pavlenko bore the brunt of keeping his team in the game, scattering six points in the game. Dmitry Korshakov chimed in four in the effort.
But Christian Standhardinger’s gritty showing on the defensive end amplified and accentuated Gilas’ performance.
"I think it was important for all of us. I think we showed everyone we can compete in this stage,” the Fil-German big man said. "We just need a little bit of experience. We won two games, and the other two were close. I think we have a good shot next time if we stick together.”
"Unang-una, nagpapasalamat ako na nakapanalo kami sa last, tapos sayang lang talaga 'yung Canada kasi para sa atin na sana, parang kinuha lang nila sa atin. Dapat matuto tayo sa experience na ‘yun, puro kami first-timers, ang daming bagong rules,” offered Roger Pogoy.
Gilas thus ends their campaign in the global skirmish with a 2-2 win-loss card. Their preys are the highest-ranked teams in Pool C: Russia and the fifth-seeded Brazilians.
"I'm happy we won two games but we should have won against Canada and we should've won against Mongolia. I honestly first that we were better, and it’s just the lack of experience,” Standhardinger noted.
“I hope we stay together, and we can make some history with this group,” he continued,” he closed with a plea.
PHILIPPINES 19 — Pringle 9, Rosario 8, Pogoy 2, Standhardinger 0.
RUSSIA 12 — Pavlenko 6, Korshakov 4, Dybovskii 1, Alexandrov 1.