Gilas 3x3 teams tally contrasting results in first day of SEAG title defense

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 13) – The Gilas 3x3 squads recorded contrasting results in the early stage of their separate campaigns in the 31st Southeast Asian Games at Thanh Tri Gymnasium in Vietnam.

The men's 3x3 team, reinforced by PBA 3x3 first conference champions Limitless Appmasters, finished with a 2-1 slate in their first three games.

The Filipinos easily dominated Cambodia, 19-7, in their first game but have to go through a tough time against Thailand.

Gilas trailed by five points against the Thais, 7-12, but Brandon Ganuelas Rosser and Reymar Caduyac converted the crucial baskets down the stretch for the 20-16 victory.

Rosser, Caduyac, Marvin Hayes, and Jorey Napoles could not sustain the momentum of their Thailand win as they dropped a close loss against Indonesia, 13-15, in the final game of the day.

The Filipino cagers will continue their campaign tomorrow against Singapore at 11:40 a.m., Malaysia at 1:20 p.m., and host nation Vietnam at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Gilas 3x3 women's squad ended their day with a 1-2 record.

After their dominant 21-5 victory against Cambodia in the first game, the Filipinas met their match on host country Vietnam as the two squads exchanged leads in the exciting game.

In the end, the Vietnamese drilled the winning shots to score an upset win against the Gilas women, 18-21.

The quartet of Clare Castro, Janine Pontejos, Angel Surada, and Afril Bernandino had a hard match-up against Thailand as they bowed out to the stronger foes, 14-21.

The ladies will face Singapore at 10:40 a.m., Indonesia at 12:20 p.m., and Malaysia at 2:00 p.m. to fortify their chances of defending their title.

The top four teams in the round-robin men's and women's 3x3 tournaments will qualify for the semifinals.