Friday, October 7, 2022

SEA Games: Pontejos, Philippines begin title defense with Cambodia rout


FILE – Janine Pontejos. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.web

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines destroyed Cambodia, 21-5, on Friday afternoon, getting its title defense within the Southeast Asian Video games girls’s 3×3 occasion off on the correct foot.

Janine Pontejos, who was topped queen of the three×3 World Cup right here 4 years in the past, shot the basketball with lethal accuracy, ending with eight factors within the contest at Thanh Tri Gymnasium in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Clare Castro was an simple power down low, including seven extra in an outing that appeared like a reproduction of the boys’s workforce conquest of Cambodia simply hours earlier.

Afril Bernardino and Angel Surada tossed in three factors every to offer the Philippines a confidence-building win forward of its conflict with host Vietnam set at 4 p.m. additionally Friday.

Gilas got here out the gates exhausting, turning a 4-0 begin behind seasoned veterans Castro, Bernardino and Pontejos. The Cambodians tried to make it a bit attention-grabbing midway by way of the conflict, however the Filipinos got here again from a timeout with double the zest, capturing the basketball with confidence and pairing that with unrelenting effort on the opposite finish to attain 9 factors in succession and sealing its first win within the marketing campaign.

Additionally lined up for the Philippines is Thailand, which settled for a silver medal after falling to Gilas within the 2019 version of the biennial match staged in Manila.

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