PH Sports Updates: Gilas remains winless, Obiena settles for silver, Choco Mucho wins bronze, and more

Jordan Clarkson fouled out with less than four minutes to play in the fourth period as Gilas Pilipinas got beaten by the Dominican Republic in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup opening day. PHOTO: FIBA
Here are the latest Philippine sports news you might have missed last week:

Gilas Pilipinas on brink of elimination from 2023 FIBA WC second round

Gilas Pilipinas fell in their first two games in Group A of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup for a cellar-dwelling 0-2 win-loss card.
The nationals mentored by Chot Reyes fell to Karl Anthony Towns' Dominican Republic, 87-81, with the Minnesota Timberwolves big man leading the charge for the Dominicans by listing a double-double 26 points and 10 rebounds in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Philippine Arena on August 25.
Jordan Clarkson paced the host with a game-high 28 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while six-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo had 16 markers on a perfect 5/5 shooting clip and seven boards.
Against Angola, Gilas failed to deal with the tough defense imposed by the 11-time AfroBasket champion to absorb its second defeat in three days, 80-70, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last August 27.
Clarkson is the lone double-digit scorer for the Philippines with 21, and that's not enough to lift his wards past the athletic and relentless Angolan squad.
The Utah Jazz guard and his company will wrap up their group campaign against Italy on Tuesday, August 29, to give themselves a chance to reach the next phase.

EJ Obiena secures silver in World Athletics Championship

PHOTO: World Athletics
Ernest John "EJ" Obiena settled for silver in the men's pole vault event of the 2023 World Athletics Championship after replicating his six-meter leap in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday, August 27 (Manila time).
Obiena cleared the six-meter bar in two attempts before failing to overcome the 6.05m and 6.10m to let Sweden's Armand Duplantis defend his crown by soaring past 6.10 meters.
Australia's Kurtis Marschall and the United States of America's (U.S.A.) Christopher Nilsen clinched the bronze by posting an identical 5.95m clearance.
The silver medal finish is a testament to Obiena's relentless chase for greatness and glory as he improved from last year, settling for third place in the world championship held at Oregon, U.S.A.

CMFT takes bronze in VTV Cup 2023 as Rondina, Madayag win individual awards

PHOTO: PVL Media Bureau
Choco Mucho Flying Titans (CMFT) claimed the bronze medal in their Vietnam Television (VTV) Cup debut after defeating Japan's Kansai University in four sets, 25-20, 23-25, 25-13, 25-22, at the Lao Cai Hall in Lao Cai, Vietnam last August 26.
Sisi Rondina tallied a game-high 24 points built on 24 attacks, while Maddie Madayag pounded 16 markers for Choco Mucho. Caitlyn Viray and Cherry Nunag added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Rondina brought home the Best Outside Hitter award, while Madayag got the Best Middle Blocker plum.
Vietnam 1 led by tournament Most Valuable Player Trần Thị Thanh Thúy, popularly known as 4T, beat Vietnam 2 for the title this 2023.

PFF hires Mark Torcaso as new Filipinas coach

PHOTO: Philippine Football Federation
Reigning A-League Coach of the Year Mark Torcaso will lead the Philippine women's national football team (PWNFT) entering a new age after the departure of Alen Stajcic – the man who led the Filipinas to its maiden FIFA Women's World Cup last July.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) announced his appointment last August 23, with the 42-year-old tactician tasked to prepare the Filipinas for the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in September and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament second round in Perth, Australia in October.

Filipinas now rank 44th globally

PHOTO: Philippin Football Federation
Coming off a historic FIFA Women's World Cup appearance last July, the Filipinas rose to its highest FIFA ranking so far after rising to world number 44.
The Philippines moved two places higher from its previous ranking, thanks to a stellar performance in the quadrennial meet – highlighted by the Southeast Asian country's one-nil win over host New Zealand.
They finished their first World Cup with one win on top of two defeats over Switzerland and Norway.
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