PH team falls short vs top seed Netherlands to earn split in Fiba 3x3 U18 World Cup opener

THE Philippines fell to top-seed Netherlands, 13-10, on Wednesday to finish Day One of the 2017 Fiba Under-18 3x3 World Cup with a 1-1 win-loss record in Group A in Chengdu, China.

The Filipino cagers put on a gallant stand where they tied the match at 10-10 only to struggle to come up with the much-needed points in the endgame.

Earlier, the Philippines beat Israel, 19-17, to start its campaign on a high note before falling to the much-taller Dutch side.

Juan Gomez de Liano scored a two-pointer and AJ Edu connected on a lay-up as the Philippines started out with a 3-0 lead but saw itself fall behind, 10-6, in the contest.

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The Philippines made a spirited comeback through Gomez De Liano and Encho Serrano before Edu tied the match-up at 10 only for Netherlands to close out with a bang.

It will be an off-day for the Philippines on Thursday before they return to action on Friday against Poland at 7:10 p.m. and Turkmenistan at 8:15 p.m.

Netherlands is currently atop Pool A after an 18-12 win over Turkmenistan in its first match of the tournament.

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