A heartbreaking campaign for Gilas Pilipinas 3x3 as it ended dead last among the 20 nations that competed in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Graz, Austria.

/ 31 May 2021

With its winless campaign, Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 suffered the least total points, with only 48 points on the board, as it was one of the three nations that failed to bag a single win after the fourth day of competitions on Saturday. 

The Philippine team, composed of the world no. 155 Joshua Munzon, no. 432 Santi Santillan, and reinforcements CJ Perez, and Mo Tautuaa, was seeded as the 14th seed in the tournament, where it was grouped in Pool C with France, Slovenia, Dominican Republic, and Qatar.

Upon entering its opening day, the Filipino quartet suffered a brutal defeat in the hands of Qatar, 12-21, and the world no. 3 Slovenia, 11-21. 

Last Friday, the Filipinos, with no Mo Tautuaa who had dealt with a severe stiff neck, were trounced by the taller Dominican Republic, 11-22, before falling close to Les Bleus 3×3, 14-15.

It was the first time ever that the Philippine men’s 3×3 team has failed to score a victory in any Fiba-sanctioned international competition.

Countries that were just close to the Philippines in the final standings are composed of: Croatia, which also has 0-4 card and accumulated a total of 65 points, after defeats to Latvia, Netherlands, Canada, and host Austria, and Kazakhstan, which also went 0-4 in Pool B and with 54 points, after losses to the USA, Lithuania, Belgium, and South Korea. 

For his part, Munzon spearheaded Gilas 3×3 in scoring with 27 total points who is tied for sixth in the pool stage along with two Lithuania’s Darius Tarvydas and Sarunas Vingelis.

Latvia’s Karlis Lasmanis is seeded first in the list with 33 points, followed by Slovenia’s Simon Finzgar, USA’s Joey King, and Qatar’s Abdulrahman Saad, all of whom had 31 points after the pool play, with Netherlands Dimeo Van Der Horst at fifth with 28.

In the fastest game, Gilas’ game against Slovenia and Qatar finished in the top 11, wherein their 11-21 (7:44) game against Slovenia was the sixth fastest loss while their 12-21 (8:16) defeat against Qatar was 11th.

The quickest game was between the USA and South Korea, 21-3, which only lasted for 5:21 mins. 

Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 is set to fly back home on Monday.