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Strong finish

But PH win over Russia not enough
By: - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
/ 05:18 AM June 12, 2018

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BOCAUE, BULACAN—Team Philippines made good on its promise to close out its Fiba 3×3 World Cup campaign with a victory after seeing its title hopes go up in smoke at Philippine Arena here Monday night.

The Filipinos took out all their frustrations on the third-seeded Russians, 19-12, to finish third in Pool C with a 2-2 record.
Still, it wasn’t enough to push them to the knockout round.

A stinging 20-19 defeat to an experienced Canada squad hours earlier snuffed out the Filipinos’ chances of finishing in the top two of their bracket.

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Team PH coach Ronnie Magsanoc was apologetic after the defeat.
“We will come back and try to give these people a win,” said Magsanoc.

Two hours later, the Filipinos gifted the fans who had stayed on with a blazing performance against the Russians who, surprisingly, did not field any player in the top 100 of the world rankings.

The Canadians went on to top Pool C with an unbeaten 4-0 record, capping their assignments with an emphatic 21-4 win over Brazil to earn the right to face Pool A No. 2 The Netherlands in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Mongolia, which dealt the Philippines a 21-17 loss on Saturday night, clinched the No. 2 berth in Pool C after beating Russia (21-18) and Brazil (19-16).
A quarterfinal clash against defending champion Serbia awaits the Mongolians.

The two other quarterfinal matches will feature European teams with Latvia battling Poland and Ukraine squaring off with Slovenia.

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