Philippines boosts quarterfinal bid in Fiba 3x3 U18 World Cup with big win over Poland
Juan Gomez de Liano sparks an early run and the Philippines never relinquishes the lead. Photo from

THE Philippines defeated Poland, 20-14, on Friday to move closer to a quarterfinal berth in the Fiba 3x3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.

Juan Gomez de Liano and Encho Serrano showed the way for the Philippine squad, which improved its Pool A record to 2-1.

The Philippines needs to win against Turkmenistan, and hopes that second-running Israel (2-1) bows to top-seed Netherlands (3-0) in the other Pool A match.

The Filipinos took a 4-0 lead and never looked back.

Poland got to within 11-12 but the Philippines regained its bearings and grabbed a 15-11 advantage.

De Liano, Serrano, AJ Edu and Rhayyan Amsali beat Israel, 19-17, in the opener before losing to the Netherlands, 13-10.


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