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Pontejos wins 3x3 WC shootout

Janine Pontejos made sure the Filipino fans will go home happy. Rick Dela Cruz (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

BOCAUE--Janine Pontejos 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 on Tuesday.

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

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

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