SEA Games: Gilas 3×3 teams open bid with wins

Published December 1, 2019, 2:01 PM By Waylon Galvez

Games Monday (The Arena, San Juan)

8:20 a.m. – Vietnam vs Philippines (Women’s)

10 a.m. – Philippines vs Thailand (Women’s)

10:20 a.m. – Philippines vs Malaysia (Men’s)

11:20 a.m. – Cambodia vs Philippines (Men’s)

The Gilas Pilipinas men’s and women’s 3×3 teams opened their respective campaign with contrasting wins in 3×3 basketball action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.

Jason Perkins, CI Perez, Mo Tautuaa and Chris Newsome celebrate the Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 team over Indonesia in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Sunday at The Arena in San Juan. (Waylon Galvez)

Jason Perkins, a former PBA Rookie of the Year winner of the Phoenix Fuel Masters, powered the men’s team 21-17 over Indonesia in the event making its debut in the biennial meet.

CJ Perez, who played for Gilas in the last FIBA World Cup on China and suits up for Columbian Dyip, contributed eight points while Mo Tautuaa, from San Miguel Beer, added three points and Meralco’s Chris Newsome had a point.

“It’s a good start for us, hopefully we can sustain it. This is the first 3×3 in the SEA Games, and most of the players are new to the rules but they’re adjusting well,” said 3×3 men’s coach Ronnie Magsanoc.

The national team won its next three assignments by beating Myanmar 21-10, Vietnam 21-15 and Thailand 21-10 also in Day 1 of the event for a 4-0 win-loss record.

The 6-foot-7 Perkins torched Myanmar with 10 points, then he and Perez each scored eight points against Vietnam, and he capped the day with a seven-point effort versus Thailand.

In the women’s division, Clare Castro scored eight points while Janine Pontejos contributed six as the Nationals defeated Myanmar 21-4.

Janine Pontejos of the Gilas Pilipinas 3×3 women’s team drives past a Myanmar defender in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Sunday at The Arena in San Juan. (Waylon Galvez)

Afril Bernardino had four points while Jack Danielle Animam added three for the women’s squad of coach Patrick Aquino.

The women’s team also won against Malaysia 15-13 and Indonesia 16-13 for a 3-0 record.

Pontejos, a former star at Centro Escolar University, both topscored in the last two games as she collected five points against Malaysia, and then scattered six points opposite Indonesia.

The top four teams will advance to the crossover semifinals, which will be played during the afternoon session of Day 2, followed by the gold medal game on the evening of the same day.

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