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Pontejos rules FIBA WC shootout


Janine Pontejos of the Philippines showed that girls can beat the boys in a three-point, or in the case of 3x3 basketball, a two-point shootout.

The Perlas sniper struck gold for the Philippines by ruling the FIBA 3x3 World Cup shootout at the Philippine Arena yesterday.

Actually, the girls prevailed over the boys as Pontejos and Russia's Alexandra Stolyar each tallied 14 points, way better than the scores of male finalists Marin Hrvoje of Croatia (11) and Maksim Dybovskii of Russia (7).

However, Pontejos got into 14 points in 41.86 seconds, barely eight seconds faster than Stolyar, who made 14 in 49.9 seconds.

Pontejos moved on to the shootout finals after the second round of competition on Monday night.

Pontejos took part in the first round of the shootout on Sunday, drilling six deuces.

Stolyar, however, got a higher score in the Monday shootout with seven, earning her the top seed in the championship round.

Pontejos ended up in a tie with China's Jiang Jiaying, who also made six long toms, but Pontejos made her six 22-footers in just 22 seconds, eight seconds faster than Jiang, giving her the other spot.

Meanwhile, Gilas Pilipinas ended its campaign in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup on a high note after blasting Russia, 19-12, at the Philippine Arena on Monday night.

A little more than an hour after losing a chance to make the quarterfinals following a loss to Canada, Gilas vented its ire on Russia, quickly opening a 14-3 lead and never looking back.

While it already reached 19 points with about two minutes left, Agila's actually decided for the 21-point kill but the team failed to convert the two-balls down the stretch.

Gilas exited the competition at third place in Pool C with a 2-2 record, while Russia settled for fourth place at 2-2.*PNA


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