All-pro players for PH in 3×3 SEAG inaugural tourney

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3×3 Schedule of Games

(Fil-Oil Arena)

Day 1

December 4 Wednesday

9:40 – 10 a.m. – Women’s Pool A Philippines vs. Myanmar

11 – 11:20 a.m.  Men’s Pool A Philippines vs. Indonesia

11:40 – 12nn – Women’s Pool A Philippines vs. Malaysia

12 – 12:20p.m. – Men’s Pool A Myanmar vs. Philippines

14 – 14:20 – Women’s Pool A Indonesia vs. Philippines

14:40 – 15H – Men’s Pool A Philippines vs. Vietnam

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is fielding in an all-pro squad in the first-ever 3 on 3 basketball tournament in 30th Southeast Asian Games that unfolds Saturday, 30 November 2019.

The team includes Christian Jaymar “CJ ” Perez, Chris Newsome, Mo Tautuaa, and Jason Perkins.

They will officially represent the national team otherwise known as 3×3 Gilas Pilipinas according to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

This is the first time in the history of the biennial meet where the region’s member nations have to contest two gold medals in the men’s and women’s 3 × 3 basketball competitions.

The official four-man Gilas Pilipinas pool is made up of Perez from the Columbian Jeep, Chris Newsome from the Meralco Bolts, Moala Tautuaa of San Miguel Beermen and Jason Perkins of the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters.

The women’s national team, meantime, is still being drafted though the group is expected to make it to the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asian Cup, which includes 2018 FIBA World Cup shootout champion Janine Pontejos, multi-awarded UAAP players Afril Bernardino, Jack Animam, and FEU’s Clare Clare Castro.

Although lacking in experience and lacking in the FIBA 3×3 ranking, Perez is expected to lead the team after demonstrating the ability for the national team at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in September and its all-around game perfect for fast game in 3 × 3 caging.

The 3×3 league is being held in the Philippines where many players hold world rankings but SBP has decided to select only professional players for a better chance to win gold.

Newsome did not play for the Philippines in the FIBA events due to his eligibility issue and this is his first chance to lift the country’s flag in the international tournament.

Tautuaa and Perkins are expected to put the Philippines in the spotlight on the need for rebounds as well as their ability to score in the follow-up.

Terrence Romeo was not included in the final cut in the final line-up as Robert Bolick sustained a torn ACL in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

Romeo has the widest 3 × 3 experience among all pool players after playing for the country as a member of Manila West at the FIBA 3 × 3 World Tour Masters in 2014 and 2015. (LO/Gelica Paulo/IAMIGO/CNS)

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