Qatar campaign to regain 3x3 World Cup title begins today

20 Juin, 2017, 15:52 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier
  • New Zealand basketballer Angus Riley heads for the basket on the opening day of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup tournament

Before resuming pool play Tuesday [Wednesday morning, PHL time], Kobe Paras competed in the slam dunk contest of the 2017 FIBA 3x3 World Cup in Nantes, France.

Composed of prodigies Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng and veteran JR Quiñahan, the delegation pulled off a 21-15 stunner over Romania in its debut game before suffering an 11-22 setback to host France in its second match.

Romania is seeded seventh, while the Philippines is ranked 18th.

Down 12-13, Paras, son of former PBA rookie-MVP Benjie Paras, ignited the comeback with a layup before Ravena completed an and-one play and added a two-pointer (a shot from the arc) for a 17-13 lead with 1:19 left.

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The Phl, meanwhile, takes on second seed Slovenia and El Salvador tomorrow, needing a pair of victories to advance to the next round.

He led the Philippines in its victory over Romania with 12 points, in a match that saw him draining clutch baskets down the stretch, including a dagger two-point shot with 30 ticks to go that put the game out of the reach of the Romanians, 19-13, before finishing things off with two free throws.

Pool action will take place from June 17 to June 20, with the top two teams from each pool in both women's and men's categories, earning a direct ticket to the Quarter-Finals.

Qatar, who won the title in 2014 in Moscow under Yaseen Ismail Musa with an upset win over favourites and defending champions Serbia, had qualified for the knockout in Guangzhou, China, last year.

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