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    Gilas Women hold off brave Vietnam to reach SEA Games 3x3 basketball final

    Dec 2, 2019
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    THE Gilas Pilipinas Women marched to the 3x3 basketball finals of the 30th Southeast Asian Games after eliminating Vietnam, 21-12, in the semifinals on Monday at the Arena in San Juan City.

    The fourth-seeded Vietnam put up a gallant stand to keep the game tied at 12-all, but Janine Pontejos caught fire with six points in a closing 9-0 run that assured the hosts of at least a silver medal in the inaugural SEA Games 3x3 tournament.

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      Pontejos, misfiring early in the game, delivered the winning shot from beyond the arc off Afril Bernardino’s clutch block to dispatch the Vietnamese with 3:15 to spare.

      The Philippines will now face Thailand in the winner-take-all finals at 3:40 p.m.

      Thailand earned the last finals berth after beating Malaysia in overtime, 16-14. The Thais dealt Gilas Women their lone loss of the elimination round, 20-22, in overtime.

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