PH vs Australia in women’s 3×3 QF

The Philippines women’s national basketball team advanced to the knockout stage of the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup on Friday, arranging a meeting with a familiar opponent.

Clare Castro (17) and the Gilas Pilipinas women take on Australia in the quarterfinals of the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup. FIBA

Gilas Pilipinas lost to Japan 20-8 in Changsha city, China, but inflicted a 21-6 beating on Sri Lanka to split its record in Pool C, good enough for a place in the quarterfinals.

That mean the Filipinas will take on Australia next, after the latter topped Pool A, which features equally formidable squad New Zealand and top seed China.

Japan, which topped Pool C, takes on New Zealand next, with host China shown the door.

The Gilas-Australia game is on Sunday, May 26.

The Philippines side is composed of Jack Animam, Afril Bernardino, Clare Castro and Janine Pontejos.

In men’s play, RJ Abarrientos stepped up in the absence of Ricci Rivero as Gilas Pilipinas swept its Day 2 campaign in the qualifying round of the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup in Changsha on Thursday.

Having to play without a sub as Rivero took the day off following an ankle injury he got in Day 1 (Wednesday), Abarrientos went off with a bang.

Playing through his own injured ankle late into Gilas’ game against Iran, Abarrientos sizzled from long range, going 4-for-5 from 22 feet out in the dying moments as Gilas took a 21-19 win against Iran.

Abarrientos carried the fight for Gilas in that game with 18 points, nearly matching Iran’s total output.

Now with his ankle feeling better due to the rest, Abarrientos came up with another 14-point outing as Gilas defeated Samoa, 22-15.

Despite the back-to-back wins, Gilas, which went 0-2 on Wednesday, misses out on making the main tournament as Qatar won the Qualifying Pool A after sweeping all of its four games. (PNA)