MANILA, Philippines – Jason Perkins waxed hot anew to propel Gilas Pilipinas to an impressive sweep in the preliminary round of 3x3 basketball in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Monday, December 2.
Perkins churned out 12 points in a 21-6 obliteration of Cambodia as the Philippines enters the semifinals unbeaten in 6 games at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Limited to 3 points in a 21-13 win over Malaysia earlier in the day, Perkins rediscovered his lethal form, overpowering the smaller Cambodian players to help the Philippines finish the job with two minutes left.
Mo Tautuaa had 4 points against Cambodia, while CJ Perez and Chris Newsome chipped in 3 and 2 points, respectively.
The Philippines will face Thailand in a knockout semifinals game.
Philippines vs Malaysia (21-13)
Scores: Tautuaa 8, Perez 6, Newsome 4, Perkins 3.
Philippines vs Cambodia (21-6)
Perkins 12, Tautuaa 4, Perez 3, Newsome 2.
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.