Philippines rips Turkmenistan to reach Fiba 3x3 U18 World Cup quarterfinals
Rhayyan Amsali and the Philippine squad march on to the round of eight. Photo from

THE Philippines defeated Turkmenistan, 21-14, on Friday night to clinch a quarterfinal berth in the 2017 Fiba 3x3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.

The Filipino ballers finished Pool A in second place with a 3-1 win-loss record after earlier beating Poland.

Encho Serrano finished the match with a lay-up as the Philippines made it to the quarterfinals of the Fiba 3x3 Under-18 World Cup for the first time.

The first Fiba 3x3 world tournament was in 2012.

The Philippines faces Pool D top-seed Belguim in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Juan Gomez de Liano, Encho Serrano, AJ Edu, and Rhayyan Amsali began the day with a 20-14 wire-to-wire victory over Poland.

The Filipinos beat Israel (19-17) in the opener and lost to eventual group topnotcher Netherlands (13-10).

Belgium, seeded No. 12 in the tournament, was a surprise No. 1 seed in Pool D after sweeping the preliminary round, 4-0.

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