BOCAUE, Bulacan -- The Philippine women's team capped off their FIBA 3x3 World Cup campaign with a tough loss at the hands of Hungary, 18-15, Sunday at the Philippine Arena.
Janine Pontejos wowed the crowd with her speed and tenacity, while Afril Bernardino unleashed multiple crafty moves.
Finishing with a team-high of seven points, highlighted by a pair of outside shots, Pontejos led the charge that pushed the Philippines ahead in the opening minutes.
The Filipinos, however, failed to sustain their strong start because of early foul trouble. They surged to 10-6 before they gave up their seventh foul -- which rewarded Hungary with two free throws per trip to the line.
The visiting team took full advantage and forced the hosts to commit six more fouls for the rest of the contest.
Hungary launched an 8-1 run to steal the lead, with all but one of their points coming from the stripe. They led by as much as four points, 16-12, in the final two minutes.
Bernardino (four points) and Gemma Miranda (three points), tried to close the gap but ran out of time to pull off a comeback.
Bettina Bozoki and Dora Medgyessy poured in eight points apiece for Hungary, which finished second in Pool C to advance to the next round.