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Clare Castro, Gilas Women rip Myanmar in SEA Games 3×3 opener

/ 11:48 AM December 01, 2019
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Gilas Pilipinas Women center Clare Castro scores against Myanmar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—With a glaring height advantage, Gilas Pilipinas Women turned to their bigs to overpower Myanmar, 21-4, in 3×3 basketball in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

There was no stopping Clare Castro in the paint as the 6-foot-4 center from Far Eastern University imposed her will with eight points.

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Electrifying guard Janine Pontejos dazzled with her ball wizardry and provided the outside threat with all of her six points coming from downtown.

Pontejos’ last deuce ended Myanmar’s misery with 3:21 to spare.

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Gilas scored the first four points of the game in just a span of 30 seconds but the Filipinos put the game out of reach when 6-foot-2 forward Jack Animam joined Castro on the floor.

Animam compounded Myanmar’s woes with her all-around effort. Afril Bernardino also had her fair share of contributions with her quickness and slashing ability.

Gilas hopes to make it 2-0 against Malaysia later at 1:20 p.m.

This year marked the first time that 3-on-3 basketball is being contested at the SEA Games.

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TAGS: 2019 SEA Games, 30th Southeast Asian Games, 3x3 basktball, Afril Bernardino, Basketball, Clare Castro, Gilas Pilipinas women, Jack Animam, Janine Pontejos, Myanmar, Philippines, Southeast Asian Games
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