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WATCH: Kobe Paras earns Day 2’s top indiv honor

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Though Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 will enter Day 4 with a 1-1 slate, their effort in stunning the highly-ranked Romania was rewarded as the game’s leading scorer, Kobe Paras, was named as the Player of the Day for Day 2 of the 2017 FIBA 3×3 World Cup pool phase.

The 19-year-old Paras finished third in the day’s scoring with 15 total points in two games. He scored 12 points during their opener against Romania but was limited to just three markers in their 11-22 loss to France.

Paras and the rest of Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 will next play on Wednesday, June 21. They take on Slovenia at 1:40am and El Salvador in the penultimate game of the pool phase at 3:00am.

Photo and video c/o FIBA.com

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Belgium ends U-18 Pilipinas 3×3’s historic World Cup run

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The U-18 Pilipinas 3×3 quartet of Encho Serrano, Juan Gomez De Liano, AJ Edu, and Rhayan Amsali turned heads in pool play, finishing with a 3-1 record to be the first Philippine team to advance into the quarterfinals in the FIBA 3×3 U-18 World Cup.

However, the young Philippine side was overwhelmed by the size of the 12th-ranked Belgium team, ending their campaign with a 14-18 loss, Sunday afternoon at the New Century Global Center in Chengdu, China.

Serrano, who is formerly part of the Adamson High School program, finished the game with six points, while 6-foot-10 Filipino-Nigerian AJ Edu added five markers.

A step-back two by Serrano opened things up for the Philippine side, who raced to a 4-1 lead early on. But the Belgians were able to quickly knot things up with 7:06 left.

An acrobatic lay-up by Serrano followed by a long two by UP-commit Juan Gomez de Liano gave the Philippines a 7-4 lead. However, Lenny Kopens was able to answer right back, while Ayoub Nouhi crossed up Edu, drawing oohs and aahs and giving Belgium the go-ahead basket on a drive.

Down 9-12 with 4:02 remaining, Edu took it upon himself to try to lift the young Filipinos, knocking down an elegant hook shot and following it up with a thunderous dunk to tie the game at 12-all with 2:26 left.

But Peeters knocked down a long two to retake the advantage for the Belgians. Back-to-back turnovers by Rhayan Amsali and Serrano led to a free throw for Peeters while a basket by Ayoub Nouhi gave Belgium a 16-13 lead with 32 ticks left.

A late basket by De Liano proved to be too late.

De Liano finished with three points.

Peeters led Belgium with seven points, while Nouhi and Noah Fogangtchandjou chipped in five and four points respectively.

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U-18 Pilipinas-3×3 advances to quarterfinals

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The quartet of Encho Serrano, AJ Edu, Juan Gomez de Liano, and Rhayan Amsali put together a string of masterful performances in a stacked Pool A, finishing with a 3-1 record to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2017 FIBA 3×3 Under-18 World Cup at the New Century Global Center in Chengdu, China, Friday evening.

The Philippines, seeded seventh in the tournament, will take on the 12th seeded Belgium in the knockout quarterfinals on Sunday, July 2.

U-18 Pilipinas 3×3 needed to pull off a sweep in Day 2 after going 1-1 last Wednesday. Having escaped Israel with a 19-17 win, the young Philippine squad could not pull off a shocker against the top-seeded Netherlands team, falling 10-13.

17-year-old Encho Serrano, formerly part of the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, linked up with University of the Philippines-commit Juan Gomez de Liano in a 20-14 wire-to-wire win over Poland to open the day.

Lady luck then supported the Philippines’ cause later, as the Netherlands was able to defeat Israel, dropping the latter to a 3-1 slate with the Filipinos holding the tiebreaker edge.

With their fate in their hands, Serrano and De Liano once again powered the Philippines to a 21-14 romp of 15th-ranked Turkmenistan to seal their ticket to the next round.

De Liano got the Philippines to a rousing start, capping a 5-0 lead with a jumper. The Philippines would lead by as much as 16-6 with three minutes remaining in the game.

Serrano capped his spectacular day with a lay-up.

The young Filipinos are coached by second-generation mentor and 3×3 basketball advocate Anton Altamirano.

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Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 looks back on World Cup

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Though falling short of the team’s goal of upstaging the ninth-place finish of the 2016 Pilipinas-3×3 team, the young Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 squad that finished 11th among 20 nations admitted that the experience they had gained in the 2017 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will help when the Philippines hosts the event next year.

In a homecoming gathering hosted by Chooks-to-Go on Saturday afternoon at the Discovery Suites, the team, — composed of Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, Kobe Paras, and JR Quinahan — shared the team’s experience in Nantes, France.

“Binigay namin yung best namin but it’s a different type of game with how physical and how fast the game is,” team skipper Kiefer Ravena shared. “Learning experience siya for us and the whole country on what can be done and what to improve sa 3×3.”

“Iba talaga ang laro sa 3×3, sobrang pisikal talaga. Hindi namin na-take advantage yung speed kasi kahit mabilis ka, hahawakan ka ng kalaban,” Jeron Teng furthered.

The team finished with a 2-2 slate, beating Romania and El Salvador while falling to eventual-semifinalists France and Slovenia.

For Paras, the disadvantage of traveling more than 6,000 miles from the Philippines to France was one that they’d had to overcome.

“Yung ibang teams, nag-bus lang. Kami a total of 24 hours yung flight,” the 19-year-old said. “May pagod din kami but hindi naman excuse yun. They do 3×3 for a living. Kami suwerte lang na nagtiwala yung SBP and Chooks-to-Go sa amin.”

But even if they failed to exceed their own expectations, the team is hoping that it serves as an eye-opener to develop the grassroots program of 3×3 basketball, a sport that has been recognized as an Olympic sport for the 2020 Tokyo games.

“Pinakaimportante is yung experience. For the upcoming, kailangang kumuha ka ng experienced na. Mahirap na gumawa ng bagong players na first time maglalaro ng 3×3,” said Pilipinas-3×3 coach Anton Altamirano. “Kalaban namin seven to eight years ng magkakasama.

“Kailangan mag-invest tayo sa players ng 3×3 para masanay sila.”

And Quinahan, the eldest player in the team at 33 years of age, plans to help out in the practices of the next 3×3 teams.

“Sana sa susunod, makakuha pa tayo ng dagdag na panalo,” Quinahan, a pioneer in the 3×3 game, shared. “Tutulong ako sa kanila kahit practice player lang.”

Chooks-to-Go, an advocate for the growth of 3×3 basketball, plans to continue its support in the lead-up to the 2018 World Cup.

“The industry is realizing how big 3×3 is, lalo na it’s an Olympic sport. As long as the SBP needs our support, we’ll be there,” closed Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas.

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Ravena, Teng help Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 end campaign on high note

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Collegiate rivals Jeron Teng and Kiefer Ravena linked up to lead Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 to a 21-13 win over the hapless El Salvador squad to end their 2017 FIBA 3×3 World Cup campaign on a high note, early Wednesday morning at the Parc des Chantiers de I’lle in Nantes, France.

The Philippines end their campaign with a 2-2 record. The Nationals started their campaign with a 21-15 win over Romania before bowing to host France 11-22 and second-ranked Slovenia 14-21.

Teng and Ravena scored seven points each to lead the Philippines.

Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 again had a slow start, but a two-pointer by JR Quinahan and a find by Ravena to Teng for a long jumper gave the Philippines an 11-6 lead with 5:40 left. Moreover, the slow El Salvador side figured in foul trouble early, being penalized with its eighth foul of the game with 4:20 left.

A 5-2 run by the Philippines, capped by a Teng putback off of a Ravena miss, gave them their biggest lead of the tournament, 18-9 with 2:46 left.

El Salvador gave the 18th-ranked team in the tournament a scare late, going on a 4-0 run capped by a Roberto Martinez assist to 6-foot-7 big man Julio Mancia to cut the lead to just four, 18-14, with 1:38 left.

Mancia paced El Salvadorf with five markers.

But Ravena and Teng showed that they wanted to win this one badly, as the former found the latter for a lay-in, while a booming two-pointer by the two-time UAAP MVP sealed the win with 1:20 left.

Quinahan and Kobe Paras chipped in four and three points respectively.

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