THE Philippines experienced a smooth ride in the consolation phase of the three-on-three basketball in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, trouncing Iran, 28-19, at Scape Youth Space courts in Singapore.

The country earlier lashed out taller Central African Federation, 22-13, Saturday.

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Bobby Ray Parks Jr. registered 10 points including a pair of booming triples as he helped power the Filipinos against the Asian powerhouse.

Cris Michael Tolomia drained nine points while Michael Pate and Jeron Teng chipped in five and four points, respectively.

With the win, the Philippines sees itself in an expected showdown with Puerto Rico, which defeated Turkey for ninth place.

“Hats off to the team and coach Mon Jose,” said a proud RP chief of mission Mark Joseph.

“With the win, we are now ranked 10th in the world," he added.

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Meanwhile, the Philippines gets its fair share in the Southeast Asian Swimming Federation with the election of five Filipinos in the regional body over the weekend.

Philippine Amateur Swimming Association president Mark Joseph was elected as secretary-general while the following were designated to different committees: Ral Rosario (swimming), Luisito Mangahis (water polo), Marie Dimanchi (diving) and Reina Suarez (synchronized swimming).

“I’m pleased to share this news. This is all in line with our long-term development plan for Philippine swimming,” said Joseph.

“Personally and on behalf of the Pasa family, we accept this as an opportunity to work harder for our respective sports and to improve the standard of Southeast Asia in continental and world aquatics,” he added.

Joseph is currently in Singapore to head the nine-man contingent for the first Youth Olympic Games. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)