The faster version of basketball isn’t short on drama. In the ongoing
Fiba 3×3 World Cup at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, there
have been three heart-stopping matches that went down to the last
Here they are.
China arrests a late-game skid.
The Chinese Women’s Team led their Switzerland counterparts, 19-12,
with 3:25 to play. Instead of capitulating, the Swiss ladies launched
a stirring fightback as the Philippine Arena egged them on.
Marielle Giroud scored five straight points to notch the score 19-all.
In the meantime, the Chinese missed six attempts to win the game. Even
China’s leading scorer, Yingyun Li committed two turnovers to give the
Swiss hope of pulling out a rally to end all rallies.
Evita Herminjard scored to put Switzerland just a point away, 20-19,
unfortunately, her drive left her too far away to guard Yi. Even as
Giroud tried to close her down, the Chinese ace hit a triple to win
the game, 21-20.
Kyrgystan stuns Romania in overtime.
Romania looked like they were on their way to a win when Kyrgystan’s
Shakirzhan Kuranbaev led a comeback.
After Kyrgystan scored 18-all to send the match to sudden death
overtime, Romania had a chance to win the game outright. A shocking
turnover by the Romanians – Dragos-Alin Andries posted up. As Vlad
Dumitrescu threw the ball into the post, Andries moved out probably to
get the ball into a better position.
The ball went straight into the hands of Kyrgystan forward Evgenii
Pekhov who immediately threw the ball out to Kuranbaev who immediately
passed it back inside to Pekhov a game winning dunk, 19-18. Perhaps
the most stunning of all end game results thus far.
Mongolia beats back the Philippines
For much of the game, the Philippines stayed ahead of Mongolia. In a
really chippy match with the home side picking up two unsportsmanlike
fouls, Mongolia kept their cool and kept the game close with their
shooting. After Mongolia leveled the match at 11-all, they gained some
traction with back-to-back threes from Tserenbaatar Enkhtaivan and
After Christian Standhardinger scored on a lay-up, Tsenguunbayar lost
Stanley Pringle on a pick to hit the game-winning three, 21-17, to
stun the home team and the crowd.