Janine Pontejos wins 3×3 Shootout Gold

By Rick Olivares

Janine Pontejos put on a spectacular shooting display in the Shoot-Out
Finals of the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup at the Philippine Arena by
scoring 11 points to best a field that included Croatia’s Martin
Hrvoje, Russia’s Maksim Dybovskii and Alexandra Stolyar.

Pontejos the Business Management graduate from Centro Escolar
University hit two shots in her first rack. Then she waxed hot in the
middle and third racks hitting eight consecutive shots at one point.
She finished with a total of 14 points in 41.86 seconds beating
Stolyar’s same number in 49.92.

Hrvoje hit 11 for the bronze medal.

Inisip ko na kahit natalo kami hindi ako nawalan ng pagasa na itaguyod
ang Pilipinas sa shootout. Lumakas ang loob ko dahil sa teammates ko
at sa coaches ko,” said Pontejos of her feat that makes her the first
Filipino on a senior level to win an individual medal in the Fiba 3×3
World Cup.

Kinakabahan ako at nanlalamig ako kasi ang lakas ng aircon at manipis
lang ako,'” she added. “Kailangan pagpawisan ako. In-imagine ko na
lang na practice to.”

When Stolyar matched her shot for shot, Pontejos said she didn’t care
as long as she got any medal to salvage a measure of pride for the
Philippines. “Nagulat ako nag-gold. Ang sarap ng feeling.”