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Pontejos waxes hot from deep, buoys Gilas Women’s 3×3 to SEA Games Finals

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Tiebreaker Times Pontejos waxes hot from deep, buoys Gilas Women's 3x3 to SEA Games Finals 2019 SEA Games 3x3 Basketball Gilas Pilipinas News  Vietnam (Basketball) Janine Pontejos Jack Animam Gilas Pilipinas Women Clare Castro Afril Bernardino 2019 SEA Games - 3x3 Basketball 2019 SEA Games

Gilas Women’s hopes of a gold medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games 3×3 basketball are still alive and kicking, Monday afternoon.

With the earlier heartbreaking loss to Thailand still stinging, the Filipinas dumped their frustrations on Vietnam, 21-12, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Figuring in a 12-all stalemate, Janine Pontejos waxed hot from beyond the arc. She detonated consecutive long bombs to give the Philippines a four-point cushion at 16-12. Clare Castro and Afril Bernardino then ballooned the lead to seven, inching closer to the victory, 19-12.

Needing a deuce to book a trip to the Finals, Pontejos took matters into her own hands. She drained one from rainbow country to wrap up the Vietnamese with 3:14 to spare.

Pontejos connected on a troika of two-pointers to finish with a team-high eight points. Jack Animam, who dealt the damage early on, had six. Bernardino and Castro added four and three, respectively.

The Philippines shall next face Thailand in the winner-take-all title bout. Vietnam, on the other hand, will square off against Malaysia for a bronze medal.

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