CYBERJAYA (FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup 2017) – Philippines and China sent both their teams to the quarter-finals and hosts Malaysia defeated Philippines (men) in a thriller on Day 2 of the FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup 2017, presented by Under Armour and Seri Mutiara, in Cyberjaya, Malaysia on May 27.
Team of the Day: Philippines (women)
While all eyes were on the men's team, it was the women's team that won both games on the second day of the 3x3 U18 Asia Cup led by Mayu Goto, who dropped dimes and let it rain from behind the arc to finish the pool phase undefeated. Kristine Kayabyab was the top scorer of the day with 16 points.
The Philippines women's team defeated Lebanon (21-12) and Bahrain (3-21) to finish first in Pool D. Tomorrow, they will start the knock-out phase by playing Singapore in the quarter-finals.
Player of the Day: Aladji Bobo Magassa (Qatar's men)
The 3x3 U18 World Cup and Asia Cup winners started the defense of their tittle with two wins. The muscular Aladji Bobo Magassa scored a team-high 19 points, including a bunch of Top 10 material. And the kid is just 16 years old!!!
Game of the Day: Philippines - Malaysia (men) 17-21
Day 2 finished with fireworks as the hosts finally defeated their rivals Philippines, avenging last year's heartbreaking semi-finals loss. The spectacular Zhong Shin Thea led a furious Malaysian come back that knocked out a young Filipino team, that is now set to face the reigning champs Qatar in the quarter-finals.
Only Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Chinese Taipei in the men's category and Philippines and China (women's) were able to finish the pool phase undefeated.
Selma Shaban (Jordan) and Evelina Borissova (Kazakhstan) will join Huỳnh Vinh Quang (Vietnam) and Syimyk Esenaliev (Kyrgyzstan) in the Shoot-out contest final after scoring 8 and 6 points respectively.
Day 3: The knock-out games and the shoot-out contest final will be livestreamed from 12.30 to 7pm local time (GMT+8) on youtube.com/FIBA3x3.