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RP finishes 4th in caging 3-on-3
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Philippines blew a late three-point lead and crumbled under a torrent of triples down the stretch in losing a 33-31 squeaker to Hong Kong to finish fourth in the demonstration sport of 3-on-3 basketball at the second Asian Indoor Games in Macau last weekend.

Hong Kong stormed back from a 28-25 deficit to knock down two triples in a row as the Filipino teeners failed to bring home a medal after opening the eight-nation tournament with wins over Malaysia, 21-4, and Chinese-Taipei, 21-13.

Iran upset China for the gold medal in the event that set an age limit of 18 for players and 35 for coaches.

FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann flew in from Geneva to witness the initial staging of the basketball variation, which will likely be calendared in the first Youth Olympics in 2010.

SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio spoke in behalf of the eight competing nations before the start of hostilities and thanked FIBA for its support to youth basketball.

Gregorio, coach Luigi Trillo and players Nico Salva, Ryan Buenafe, Arvie Bringas and Clark Bautista arrived home yesterday.

Our young boys are crying, said Gregorio after the heartbreaking loss to Hong Kong. Its a pity. We lost by two as Hong Kong hit four of its five triples in a crucial stage. Buenafe got three straight fouls early in the game and that hurt. It was a good learning experience for us.

Bringas, the teams tallest player at 6-5, scored 13 points against Hong Kong. Salva shot nine, Buenafe six and Bautista three.

I felt bad we let our countrymen down, said Trillo. We did our best, though, with what we had. Against Hong Kong, I was very disappointed with the calls in the end but we missed a couple of free throws. 3-on-3 is a different game. Hopefully, we got the experience and motivation to perform better next time. Vietnam is the next host of the Asian Indoor Games in 2009. China and Iran had their best players here. China brought in players who were 6-11, 6-8 and 6-6 while Iran had a 6-10, 6-8 and 6-5. Even Hong Kong was surprisingly bigger than us.

The Philippines was bracketed with Malaysia, Chinese-Taipei and Iran while China was in the other group with Hong Kong, India and Macau. After a 2-0 start, the Philippines lost a 21-13 decision to Iran and fell to a playoff against Hong Kong for the bronze medal.

Each half-court game was scheduled for two eight-minute halves. In the preliminaries, a game was called off when a team reached 21 points. In the battle for third place, the limit was increased to 33. A team was allowed up to two timeouts a game and a player was disqualified after four personal fouls. The penalty situation was applied after four team fouls.

The 3-on-3 game will be recommended by FIBA for the Youth Olympics, a brainchild of IOC president Jacques Rogge for athletes in the 14-18 age range. The IOC will decide in February which city will host the inaugural Youth Olympics. Bidders are Athens, Bangkok, Debrecen (Hungary), Guatemala City, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Poznan (Poland), Singapore and Turin (Italy).

The final standings of the 3-on-3 tournament in the Asian Indoor Games Iran, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, India, Chinese-Taipei, Malaysia, Macau.

Gregorio said the Philippines bid to host the Diamond Ball two weeks before the Beijing Olympics has been officially submitted to FIBA. China and Hong Kong are also bidding to stage the event where the host country will play African champion Angola, Oceania champion Australia, European champion Russia, Asian champion Iran and defending Olympic champion Argentina in a round-robin tournament.

Gregorio said Manila lost the bid to host the next Asian Juniors Championships to Iran because the FIBA-Asia Board was wary of a terrorist threat in the wake of the recent bomb blast in Makati.









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