SEA Games: PH salvages bronze in men’s 3×3, Gilas Women miss podium
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines managed to secure a bronze medal on Saturday following a disastrous campaign in the 3×3 event at the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.
Gilas Pilipinas whipped Indonesia, 14-10, in the men’s showcase, manufacturing some sort of consolation for a contingent shooting to keep its gilded reign in the biennial meet.
Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser, Reymar Caduyac, Jorey Napoles, and Marvin Hayes all made their presence felt in the duel at Thanh Tri Gymnasium in Hanoi.
It was truly a silver lining for the Philippines, which failed to secure a podium finish in women’s action following a crushing 16-10 loss at the hands of Indonesia in the Final Four.
Gilas Women had to make do with a small squad that featured Afril Bernardino and Janine Pontejos, Angel Surada, and Clare Castro as program cornerstone Jack Danielle Animam remained unavailable due to a knee injury.
The men’s team was denied a shot at the gold medal by a vengeful Thailand side that cashed in lessons during its Friday loss to Gilas.
The spotlight now shifts on Gilas’ 5-on-5 squads, who are also looking to defend their lofty perch in the regional showpiece.
The two teams are set to plunge into action on Monday.
Inquirer’s special coverage of the Hanoi SEA Games 2021.
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