MANILA – It’s another dark day for the Philippines as the three-on-three basketball absorbed a heart-wrenching setback Tuesday against Spain, 27-29, in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

The young basketball squad composed of Bobby Ray Parks, Jr., Jeron Teng, Cris Michael Tolomia and Michael Pate, however, did not throw the white towel right away as the team reversed an early 8-11 deficit by tying the knot twice, 11-11 and 16-16.

RP even posted a 21-20 lead late in the game before the Spanish squad of Luis Costa, Mikel Motos, Javier Medori and Francesco Pascual came through to crush the hopes of the Filipino

dribblers.

RP chief of mission and aquatics chief Mark Joseph, however, blamed the setback to poor officiating.

“Spain won by two points but lousy referees did not count two shots of ours but our guys did great,” said Joseph.

The Philippines lost to a taller US Virgin Island squad on Monday, 28-34, on the back of Kadeem Jones and Rasheed Swanton who combined for 24 markers.

With the loss, the country needs to win its last two games against title contender Croatia on Wednesday and South Africa on Thursday to join the quarterfinal phase.

Parks and Teng, sons of former PBA stars Bobby Sr. and Alvin, respectively, continued to pace the Filipinos with 15 and 10 points. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)