PHL 3×3 dribblers take on Indonesians


THE Philippines kick off its campaign in the 12th Asean Para Games on Friday in men’s 3×3 wheelchair basketball against Indonesia at the Elephant Hall 1 inside the Morodok Techo Sports Complex in Phnom Penh.

The Filipinos, who bagged silver medal last year, battle the Indonesians at 10 a.m. followed by matches against Cambodia (2 p.m.), Thailand (4:30 p.m.) and Malaysia (6 p.m.).

The women’s squad will tackle Laos (1:30 p.m.), host Cambodia (3:30 p.m.) and Malaysia (6 p.m.).

The medal round is scheduled Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The 5×5 competition will start on Sunday with Cambodia taking on Malaysia at 9 a.m. in the men’s division.

Other matches pit the Philippines against Indonesia (10:30 a.m.) and Thailand against Malaysia (4 p.m.) while playing in the women’s division are Cambodia against Thailand (1 p.m.) and the Philippines against Laos (2:30 p.m.).

“We’re hoping for the best,” said head coach Vernon Perea, who is assisted by Harry Joseph Solanoy, Yolanda Hernandez and Juanito Mingarine.

The men’s 5×5 team claimed silver while the women’s team placed fourth behind Thailand, Cambodia and Laos in 2022.

The men’s team is composed of Mark Vincent Aguilar, John Rey Escalante, Kenneth Christopher Tapia, Freddie Magdayo, Alfie Cabañog, Rene Macabenguil, Jannill Cañete, Clifford Trocino, Marlon Nacita, Jefferson Legacion, Kyle Carlo Carandang and Moises Escobar while the members of the women’s squad are Patricia Camille Castro, Lois Jean Delos Reyes, Jocelyn Follero, Janet Briñas, Cathreen Gem Tanyag, Rhebilyn Aniban, Mary Joy Hernandez, Mylene Margaha, Ihoricel Panquico, Lorna Lilagan and Cecelia Wells.

The men’s 5×5 team has qualified for the Hangzhou Asian Para Games after winning the bronze medal at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Asia-Oceania Championships in Suphanburi, Thailand last month.

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