"This one is a pretty easy win for us."
MANILA - That how Slovenian Anze Srebovt reacted in the postgame interview after their effortless win against Gilas Pilipinas on its basic and clinical etiquette groove to make the Philippines suffered into second loss in their opener day of FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament at Graz, Austria.
Today, they will go home without anything should be proud of.
Dominican Republic finished any hopes for historic Olympic bid of the Philippines in 3x3 Basketball on its inaugural contest in the approaching Tokyo Summer Games, 11-21.
Pummeling to their ugly first appearance to their first ever Olympic Qualifying Tournament was their bitter lost against France which lost only by one, 14-15 with time run out cleansing any efforts from Joshua Munzon and CJ Perez as they produced three deuce within the final minute.
The Gilas 3x3 composed of 2021 PBA Season Overall Pick Munzon, the new Beermen Perez, Santi Santillan, and Mo Tautua cannot handled their opponents as they lost all of their games in a horrific manner.
The Philippines outscored in a 8-0 run against Qatar in the first two minutes of their opener. The drought in draining shots and costly turnovers made the Gilas to settle into 21-12 loss against the 28th in World Rankings.
In their game against Slovenia, Tautua did not get off the traffic against Slovenian defender as he first scored for the Philippines, 1-0. The Slovenia got its rebound to even it but blocked by Perez until a beautiful feed to locate an open Slovenian under the rim for the easy score, 1-1.
But the future ace of Terranfirma Dyip with his crossover and drive to finish to regain their lead, 2-1 and another crossover to answer the deep two-point setback by the Slovenians, 4-3.
The Philippines cannot able to reply from the straight answers in a clinical groove for 7-0 run by the Slovenians until they gained their comfortable 15-3. The 3rd best in the world beat the Gilas, 21-11.
Philippines ended their Olympic bid averaging 12 points per game resulted to 48 points finish in the entire tournament.
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