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SEA Games: Pontejos, Bernardino push Gilas past Malaysia in 3×3

/ 02:13 PM December 01, 2019
Janine Pontejos Gilas Pilipinas women 2019 SEA Games

The Philippines’ Janine Pontejos tries to score against Malaysia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas Women had their work cut out for them in a 15-13 squeaker over Malaysia in 3×3 basketball of the 30th Southeast Asian Games Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

After banking on its size advantage in a blowout win over Myanmar earlier in the day, it was the guards turn to carry the Philippines.

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Janine Pontejos and Afril Bernardino came up big down the stretch for the Nationals, who hiked their record to 2-0.

Crowd favorite Pontejos put on a show with five points, most of which came in the crucial stages.

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Bernardino’s quickness also caused problems for the Malaysians, who missed a potential game-tying deuce as time ran out.

Pontejos was feeling it late. She scored back-to-back baskets to put the Philippines up, 15-10.

The Filipinos, who clobbered Myanmar, 21-4, behind bigs Clare Castro and Jack Animam in their opening game, wrap up their campaign in day one against Indonesia later in the day.

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TAGS: 2019 SEA Games, 3x3 basketball, Afril Bernardino, Clare Castro, Gilas, Gilas Pilipinas women, Jack Animam, Janine Pontejos, Philippines, Southeast Asian Games
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