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RJ Abarrientos, Ricci Rivero link up, keep Team Pilipinas’ playoff hopes alive


Coming off two losses to world powerhouses, the U-23 3X3 squad of Gilas PIlipinas vented their ire on 14th-seed Turkmenistan, 21-8, Friday afternoon in Xi’an, China.

With the win, Team Pilipinas keeps its playoff hopes alive with a 1-2 record. The young Filipinos take on host China at 8:40pm later.

And it was the duo of RJ Abarrientos and Ricci Rivero who towed the Philippines to victory. The FEU star scored eight points while the UP-commit added six markers.

But it’s not just the two who stepped up.

With Turkmenistan holding a 5-4 lead, Rhayyan Amsali drained a two-ball to spark the Philippines. It was the start of a 9-0 blast capped by free throws from RJ Abarrientos coming off an unsportmanlike foul by Alihan Bekchanov

The Scores:

Philippines 21 – Abarrientos 8, Rivero 6, Amsali 4, Faundo 3

Turkmenistan 8 – Hojamedov 5, Bekchanov 2, Mammetmyradov 1, Nuryyev 0

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