Philippines wins gold in FIBA Asia 3×3 Under-18 Championships

Team Philippines. Photo from Fiba Asia website.

The Philippines clinched the first-ever FIBA Asia 3×3 Under 18 championship, ousting India, 21-19, in the gold medal round on Friday night in Bangkok, Thailand.

Composed of Ateneo High School’s Thirdy Ravena, Kobe Paras and Prince Rivero of La Salle-Greenhills and San Beda’s Arvin Tolentino and coached by La Salle-Greenhills head coach John Flores, the Nationals won a thrilling final against the surprise finalists Indians in this inaugural three-on-three basketball tournament participated in by 19 countries.

Thirdy Ravena

Kobe Paras
Prince Rivero
Arvin Tolentino

In the preliminaries, the Philippines topped Group B with a 3-1 record, losing to Qatar 14-17 but defeating Chinese Taipei (20-18), Syria (17-13) and Indonesia (20-13) to top Group B.

The scores were taken from  the FIBA Asia website.

Prince Rivero, Arvin Tolentino, Kobe Paras and Thirdy Ravena. Photo from Smart Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 Facebook Page

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