The Filipino cagers finished fifth overall in the men’s 5×5 wheelchair basketball of the 2nd Asian Youth Para Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The team composed of John Ray Escalante, Freddie Magdayo, Kim Joshua Toledo, Anthony Canabal, Ronualdo Catapang, Kenneth Tapia, Mark Realista Calvario and John Ericel Nicomedes wrapped up its campaign with four points.
Iran took the gold medal with eight points while Japan got the silver with seven points and Iraq pocketed the bronze with six points.
The Philippines bowed to Iran (43-71), Iraq (33-60), Japan (15-81) and Malaysia (28-67). A win is equivalent to two points while the losing team still gets one point.
Overall, the Philippines placed 17th in the medal board with one gold, one silver and five bronzes.
Powerhouse Japan claimed the overall championship crown with 39 golds, 20 silvers and 25 bronzes followed by Iran (27-13-19), China (25-8-5), Malaysia (19-22-18,) Thailand (16-11-9), Vietnam (16-4-3), Iraq (15-14-7), Hong Kong (15-10-7), Kazakhstan (12-15-12) and South Korea (11-7-6).
The lone gold of the Philippines was given by trackster Jomer Anden in the men’s long jump youth F12. He added one bronze in the men’s 100m youth T12 event. Swimmer Gary Bejino won silver in the men’s 100-meter freestyle S7 and bronze in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB7. Table tennis bets Rommel Lucencio and Julian Intan nailed one bronze each in the men’s singles. They also connived in the team event to win another bronze medal.