Team Pilipinas completes sweep of 3x3 basketball tournament

CJ Perez scored 10 points for the Philippine men’s basketball team as they repulsed Indonesia, 21-9, to complete a two-gold sweep of the 30th Southeast Asian Games 3x3 basketball tournament yesterday at the FilOil-Flying Sports Center in San Juan.

Members of Team Pilipinas women’s basketball team acknowledge the cheers of fans atop the podium. They are, from left: Clare Castro, Afril Bernardino, Janine Pontejos and Jack Danielle Animam. Peter Atencio
Afril Bernardino also unloaded 10 points in the Philippine women’s squads’ 17-13 beating of Thailand for the women’s division gold earlier.

Team Pilipinas, getting instructions from coach Ronnie Magsanoc, finished with an eight-zero winning run in stopping the Indonesian’s outside shooting.

“Indonesia had a lot of sharpshooters. We just wanted to protect the two-point line and make them earn their points,” said team skipper Chris Newsome.

Newsome’s crew reached the finals following a six-game sweep of the elimination round and after crushing Cambodia, 21-6.

They advanced to the finals following a 21-9 triumph over Thailand.

They were slightly ahead, 4-3, when Newsome initiated a 6-0 run with his drive past Itun Surliyadin.

And they went on to protect a 9-4 spread with 7:27 left.

The Filipinas bounced back from a 20-22 loss to the Thais in the women’s elims, and as they ended the group stage with a 4-1 slate.

They went on topple Vietnam, 21-12, in the semis and arrange a finals clash with the Thais.

Two two-pointers from Jack Danielle Animam with 7:15 to go shattered a 4-all deadlock, and the Filipinas went on to establish an 11-5 spread.

“Malaking advantage nung naka-score kami ng mga two points at nakawala kami,” said team skipper Janine Pontejos.

The Thais made it to the finals after they waylaid Malaysia, 16-14.

Topics: 30th Southeast Asian Games 3x3 basketball tournament , Afril Bernardino , CJ Perez , Thailand , Indonesia , Philippines , Chris Newsome
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