BOCAUE, Bulacan - With a stunning display of shooting, athleticism, and talent, the Philippine men's team got off to a rousing start in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup with a 15-7 win over Brazil on Saturday at the Philippine Arena.
The quartet of Stanley Pringle, Christian Standhardinger, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario showed no jitters in their opening game as they were able to overwhelm their opponent.
"All we wanted was to be competitive and stay with our opponents to have a chance in the end, but our players were able to jump the gun on Brazil," coach Ronnie Magsanoc said.
Led by Pogoy's hot shooting, the Philippines raced to an 8-1 start early in the ball game. The Philippines kept their foot on the gas pedal and even enjoyed a commanding 11-2 advantage with five minutes remaining.
Brazil tried to counter with a run of their own, cutting the deficit to just five, 11-6. However, the Philippines kept their poise. Pringle was relentless getting to the basket as big men Rosario and Stanhardinger did tremendous work on the boards. A drive by Pringle made it 15-6 with a minute remaining, essentially securing the victory.
"I think it gave us a good buffer when everybody got tired because you'll really get tired," Magsanoc shared about their lead in the opening minutes. "So I think that's a very good start for the team.
It was a balanced effort for the Philippines as Pogoy, Pringle, and Rosario all had four points apiece. Standhardinger was right behind with three points.
"I feel awesome about the first game because we won," Standhardinger beamed. "I think there's much, much more I can make, but I think I did well."
Marcellus Sarmento led Brazil with four points.