By Ivan Saldajeno
MANILA--Kiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng caught fire late as the Philippines capped its stint in the pool stages of the FIBA 3x3 World Cup with a 21-14 win against El Salvador in Nantes, France on Wednesday (Philippine Time).
Ravena and Teng made the Filipino side's last 10 points as the team held off a late push from El Salvador.
Ravena began his late charge with a dunk with 4:36 left, while Teng joined the clutch party with a free throw afterward as the Philippines surged ahead, 18-10 with 2:49 left.
Teng, however, was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Julio Arias in the ensuing play. Arias made a split from the stripe that sparked El Salvador's gallant stand late in the game, cutting the lead to just four, 18-14, with exactly a hundred seconds remaining.
Teng bounced back with a layup off a Ravena feed, and the latter sealed the win with a two-ball with 1:18 to spare.
Teng and Ravena each finished with seven points for the Philippines, which finished its part in the first stage of the tournament at 2-2.
The Philippines now needs to hope that Romania beats France in the final game of the day, which is ongoing as of press time, in low-scoring fashion to have a chance to sneak into the quarterfinals.
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