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    PJ Simon proves age just a number after winning first shootout title at 38

    Mar 29, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    CALASIAO, Pangasinan – Calvin Abueva approached Peter June Simon to congratulate the veteran Magnolia guard for winning the PBA All-Star Three-Point shootout for the very first time,

    And ‘The Beast’ couldn’t have described the feat perfectly.

    “Kalabaw lang ang tumatanda,” Abueva said while tapping Simon on his chest.

    The 38-year-old Magnolia Hotshots stalwart indeed, showed there’s still enough gas left in the tank after beating a pair of young guns in this year’s long-range shooting contest of the All-Star weekend on Friday.

    Simon won the contest by just a point as he watched rookie Robert Bolick miss the money ball in his final attempt, 17-16. Philip Paniamogan placed third after finishing with 14 points.

    The victory was unexpected, according to Simon, who ended up P30,000 richer.

    “Hindi ko talaga expect ito kasi nung nagpa-practice ako, hindi ko natatapos yung rack dahil mabagal ang tira ko,” he recalled.

    “Kaya sabi ko na lang, i-enjoy ko na lang itong moment na nakasali ako ulit sa All-Star.”

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      With hardly pressure at all, Simon topped the eliminations along with Paniamogan as the duo finished with 20 points each.

      Bolick, thes No. 3 overall pick by NorthPort in the last PBA rookie draft, also advanced to the finals by making 19 points.

      In taking his very first Three-Point shooting crown, Simon had to unseat close friend James Yap, who failed to advance after finishing with only 12 points.

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      “Happy ako para sa kanya kasi sobrang galing pa rin niya. And we had a great career together,” said Yap, who teamed up with Simon for 12 seasons at Magnolia.

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