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Gilas Girls bags bronze in FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup

The Gilas Pilipinas Girls team ended their 2019 FIBA 3x3 Under-18 Asia Cup on a very high note by besting China, 14-11 in the bronze medal match Saturday in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

It is also the girls' team best finish ever in the continental tournament.

With the game tied at 11-all with 55 ticks left, Kristine Cayabyab put the Philippines on top as she cleaned up an Ella Fajardo miss.

A defensive stop then was made by the girls in the ensuing possession as Camille Clarin forced a held ball against China's Xianglin Wu, which is an automatic turnover in 3x3 rules.

Angelica Surada then stripped Yingjie Chen before being fouled, China's seventh.

Surada then drilled the two insurance free throws to take the three-point advantage with 25.6 left.

Philippines then scrambled on the defensive end once again, as the Chinese were not able to hit another one as time expired.

Surada and Cayabyab led the Philippines' offense as they each scored five, followed by Clarin's three points.

Wu, meanwhile, paced China's scoring with five.

The win is the the first the Philippines got against China in the tournament, as they dropped their first assignment against them, 14-16, in the pool stage last August 22.

"Expectations were higher because of how we did at the World Cup," said head coach Pat Aquino. "So we came in to this tournament focused on getting into the quarterfinals and the semi finals."

BOX SCORES

PHI (14)- Surada 5, Cayabyab 5, Clarin 3, Fajardo 1.

CHN (11) - Wu 5, Chen 4, Li 1, Zhang 1.

ESPN5's Jutt Sulit contributed to this report.