VN Red & Gold showed its pedigree and topped Pool A in the women’s division of Asia Tour 3×3 on Saturday, April 23, at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.
Vietnam Red and Gold’s Kaylynne Truong
The silver medalists in the last Southeast Asian Games leaned on the Truong twins to fend off Philippine side Uratex Dream, 19-17, and complete a three-game sweep.
Kaylynne Truong drained eight points while sister Kayleigh produced six as the Vietnamese survived Kaye Pingol’s 11.
VN Red & Gold earlier escaped Harimau Malaysia A, 16-14 in overtime and clipped Uratex Tibay, 16-11, in pool play.
Despite the loss, Uratex Dream still got a semifinal ticket with its 2-1 win-loss record after beating sister team Uratex Tibay, 22-17, and a thrilling 20-19 win over Harimau A.
It will take on Pool B leader Sniper Thailand which got a 3-0 record after victories over Harimau B, 22-17; Singapore Lioness, 21-8; and Discovery Perlas, 18-13, thanks to the superb efforts of Supavadee Kunchuan.
Harimau B got the last semis ticket in this eight-team field which has SM as venue partner, Smart as broadcast partner, and Wilson as official game ball, with Heritage Hotel, Fiber Kinetics, Gatorade, Healthy & Pure Brand Water, Center for Culinary Arts, and Spurway Enterprises as sponsors.
The Malaysian crew found itself on a three-way tie for second in Pool B with identical 1-2 cards with Discovery Perlas and Singapore Lioness but had the superior points scored to catch the last bus to the final four.
Harimau B will take on VN Red & Gold in the semifinals with the knockout games starting at 2:30 p.m.