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    Surada game-winner vs Czechs leads PH 3x3 team to U18 World Cup playoffs

    Jun 5, 2019
    PHOTO: Courtesy of Cignal

    ANGEL Surada drilled the big buckets late as the Philippines booked a ticket to the 2019 Fiba 3x3 Under-18 World Cup knockout quarterfinals after a 15-14 overtime win over Czech Republic on Wednesday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

    The 2018 Palarong Pambansa MVP came alive in the crucial stages of the game, scoring the final two buckets including the game-winner off of an assist from Ella Fajardo to help the Filipinas sweep their assignments for the day.

    She finished with three points as the Patrick Aquino-mentored crew finished pool play with a 3-1 win-loss card to snare second spot in Pool C.

    The Filipinas now take a day off before bracing for a match against Pool A leader China in the playoffs on Friday at 1:50 p.m.

    Camille Clarin pumped in seven points for the Philippines, including the deuce that put her side up, 13-8 with 2:34 remaining.

    The Czechs fought back behind three straight points from Sara Kocourkova before Pavlina Tabackova buried the buzzer-beating two pointer to force sudden death.

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    The Philippines, however, wouldn't be denied as Fajardo wound up with three and Karl Ann Pingol got herself a pair.

    Tabackova led the Czechs with nine points.

    The scores:

    PHILIPPINES 15 - Clarin 7, Fajardo 3, Surada 3, Pingol 2.

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