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Phl 3×3 squad stays hot

Gilas 3x3 team (SBP photo)

HANGZHOU, China — The national men’s 3×3 team carved out a 21-15 victory over Hong Kong to inch closer to sweeping Pool A of the 19th Asian Games on Wednesday at the Deqing Geographic Information Park Basketball Court.

John Ray Pasaol and Bismarck Lina accounted for more than half of the team’s output in its third straight win in their group.

Lina and Pasaol had seven points each while presiding over a short but telling run that turned the game around in favor of the Filipinos.

Held to a 4-4 standoff, the two sparked four straight points by the Gilas team to take the lead for good at 8-4.

Justin Sanchez and JB Sajonia finished with four and three points, respectively.

Despite already being assured of advancing in the quarterfinal qualifications, Gilas want nothing but an outright berth in the knockout stage, which it can clinched with a win over Mongolia on Friday for a sweep of the group stage.

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