Sunday, December 1, 2019

SPORTS - Gilas Pilipinas beast, 'Perkins' punches 3x3 basketball semis ticket

Jason Perkins dominated in his first foray in 3x3 basketball after powering Gilas Pilipinas to a perfect start in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Sunday, December 1 at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Gilas Pilipinas will play two more games in the preliminary round on Tuesday, December 2, at the same venue before advancing to the semifinals.

Perkins was a revelation as the Philippines wrapped Day 1 with a sweep of Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand to punch its semifinals ticket.

Perkins' best scoring performance came in a 10-point outburst against Myanmar as he fueled Gilas Pilipinas to a 21-10 romp.

CJ Perez backstopped Perkins with an average of 7.0 points per game, while Mo Tautuaa had his moments – the highlight of his day the game-winning two-pointer that took down erstwhile-unbeaten Vietnam, 21-15.

The hefty forward led the attack in all 4 games, ending the day with a 7-point outing in a 21-10 drubbing of Thailand that finished even with more than two minutes left.

1. Philippines vs Indonesia 21-17

Scores: Perkins 9, Perez 8, Tautuaa 3, Newsome 1

2. Philippines vs Myanmar 21-10

Scores: Perkins 10, Perez 6, Tautuaa 3, Newsome 2.

3. Philippines vs Vietnam 21-15

Scores: Perez 8, Perkins 8, Tautuaa 3, Newsome 2.

4. Philippines vs Thailand 21-10

Scores: Perkins 7, Perez 6, Tautuaa 5, Newsome 3