Heartbreak for Philippine 3x3 team as Canada survives giant scare behind blazing finish
Roger Pogoy's sniping put the Philippines on the brink of a giant upset. Jerome Ascano

BOCAUE — The Philippines dropped a sorry 20-19 loss to Canada on Monday and eventually dropped out of contention in the Fiba 3x3 World Cup at the Philippine Arena.

Michael Licklater broke the hearts of home fans, beating Christian Standhardinger for the lay-up to give Canada a one-point lead in a game where the hosts led, 18-16, after back-to-back two-pointers by Roger Pogoy.

Pogoy took a desperate two-pointer but failed to beat the buzzer as the Philippines fell to 1-2 (win-loss) and dropped out of the race for the quarterfinals after Mongolia won over Brazil, 19-16.

Head coach Ronnie Magsanoc later issued a brief statement to the tournament’s media officer with his players obviously too disappointed to talk after the crushing defeat, vowing to win their final game against Brazil later in the evening.

“We are sorry. We will try to go out and win this one for these people,” said Magsanoc.

Licklater led Canada with nine points. He scored two points in an 8-0 run that opened a -2 lead for the visitors, and his two-pointer kept them infront comfortably, 11-4.

The Philippines still trailed by five, 15-10, when it made a run. Pogoy made it a one-point game with a two-pointer before hitting his second straight long bomb to tie the game at 16.

Pogoy, who led all scorers with 10 points, broke a 16-16 deadlock on two penalty free throws.

Canada, however, responded in the clutch. Licklater hit another two to give his team a 19-18 lead. Standhardinger tied the match at 19 but was unable to stop Licklater from scoring the game-winner.

The scores:

Canada 20 – Licklater 9, Bucknor 5, Lieffers 5, Sir 1.

Philippines 19 – Pogoy 10, Standhardinger 4, Pringle 3, Rosario 2.

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