Destiny Fulfilled (Basketball 3x3)

Destiny Fulfilled (Basketball 3x3)

It was indeed a destiny fulfilled.

In a basketball crazy country, not winning the Southeast Asian Games gold medal would be a mortal sin. The SEA Games has been for the longest time philippines’ private playground.

In this 30th edition of the Games, the first staging of  Basketball 3x3 would be held, and as expected the country made a golden double.

An Indon player posterized by CJ Perez
(photo credit to PDI)

Gilas Pilipinas women’s squad

They were the first ones to be crowned the queens of Basketbal 3x3, the team composed of  Janine Pontejos, Clare Castro, Jack Danielle Animam and Afril Bernardinoand coached by Pat Aquino.

They weathered the pesky Thai girls en route to their coronation as the first gold medalist of this sport, the final score was 17-13.

“I’m just so happy for the girls, especially for women’s basketball. This is our first time to compete in 3×3 and we won our gold. History again,” national team coach Pat Aquino said.

“I hope that with this win, with this gold medal, all the hard work of the girls will be recognized,” Aquino, who also coaches the women’s 5-on-5 squad,” added. “We’re so proud of them. All their hard work, all their sacrifices. They really love basketball. This is for the country.”Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio was just as ecstatic over the women’s victory, noting that the country had never gotten a gold in the sport before.

“The Gilas Pilipinas women 3×3 team [made] history again by scoring the first SEA Games medal for the Philippines in women’s basketball,” Panlilio said in a statement. “Janine Pontejos, Clare Castro, Jack Danielle Animam and Afril Bernardino captured the imagination of Filipino basketball fans and showed them the talent and heart of our Filipina ballers.”

“I hope the team enjoys this victory, but we still have more medals to win,” he added.

Gilas Pilipinas Men’s team

The PBA backed team composed of CJ Perez,  Jason Perkins, Chris Newsome and Mo Tautuaa was unbeaten in the whole tournament.

In their way in getting the gold medal, they clinically demolished the Indonesian team, when the bell sounded and the dust cleared the final score was 21-9.

Stronger, bigger, and much more skilled the men’s team never gave the opposition a chance, they were all sheredded with such superb paly and show of skills.

The golden double in basketball 3x3 sets up the stage for the Tim Cone mentored star-filled Gilas Pilipinas which is also expected to blow away all opposition en route to their claiming the gold.

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