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Pinoys advance to quarters of FIBA World 3 x 3

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Here is something to look forward to for the Philippine team competing in the FIBA World 3 x 3 Tour in Japan.

The quartet of KG Canaleta, Terrence Romeo, Aldrech Ramos and Rey Guevarra split their first two matches on opening day, which were enough for them to advance to the quarterfinal round.

The four — representing Manila West — was able to beat Sau Paolo, 21-17, through the late-game brilliance of Romeo.

But Romeo couldn’t duplicate his feat in Manila West’s 13-15 overtime loss to Bucharest of Romania.

The GlobalPort guard took an ill-advised shot that could have forced a second overtime.

Nevertheless, the Filipinos, who won the Manila leg of this event to qualify for the grand championship, settled for the No. 2 spot in Group B.

They will face Kranj of Slovenia, the no. 1 team in Group C.

Canaleta, the most experienced player in the Pinoy quartet, said they didn’t have the time to practice. He told Tiebreaker Times that their flight to Narita was stranded.

Photo courtesy of FIBA’s Facebook Page

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