Gilas 3×3 team tries to defy odds

Gilas 3x3 team tries to defy odds

MANILA, Philippines — The Gilas Pilipinas men’s 3×3 team is locked-in for the tough task of defying the odds against world-class rivals in this week’s FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualification Tournament in Graz, Austria.

The crew of Joshua Munzon, Alvin Pasaol, CJ Perez and Mo Tautuaa left for Austria last night carrying the hopes of a nation hungry to see Filipino ballers compete in the 3×3 basketball pilot in Tokyo.

“I can say the players are really all-in,” Gilas coach Ronnie Magsanoc said, lauding the regulars as well as alternates Santi Santillan and Karl Dehesa for their “commitment and sacrifice” during training the past three weeks.

Gilas 3×3 will begin its mission on May 26 with a Pool C double-header against Qatar and world No. 3 Slovenia. After two days, the Pinoy dribblers will take on the Dominican Republic and 10th-ranked France with sights set on finishing first or second in the group to advance to the knockout rounds.

The ultimate aim is to make a medal finish to earn a trip to Tokyo.

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