Pontejos hopes to see more international exposure for PH women’s team

first_imgJanine Pontejos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine women’s national team failed to win a single game in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup, but a winless slate did not dampen the spirits of one of its central figures.Janine Pontejos captivated the basketball-watching public when she erupted for seven long balls in Perlas’ last two games in the group stage and she didn’t stop her shooting exploits in just the games alone.ADVERTISEMENT “I think it’s very obvious that women’s basketball is largely neglected in the country and that showed in the Fiba 3×3 tournament where we had a competitive team but everything they achieved they did on their own,” said Mascariñas in Filipino. “We can do better if there’s support for women’s basketball, and we are willing to support the development of women’s basketball.”Pontejos hoped that Perlas could play in more international tournaments not just in the 3-on-3 format but also in the 5-on-5 one especially that the team wasn’t elected to represent the Philippines in the Asian Games.“Hopefully we’re given a chance to show our talents against other countries and I hope we have more opportunities to play,” said Pontejos. “I think what we did in the World Cup will lead to more opportunities for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew All is well with PetroGazz after miscommunication China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES “We’ve shown that we can’t just compete here in the Philippines but we can also go against the bigger countries and its better players.”READ: Height disparity too much for Pontejos, Perlas vs Spain And Pontejos just found a viable supporter in her wishes for women’s basketball to go further.Bounty Agroventures president Ronald Mascariñas, the parent company of Chooks to Go, promised to lend a helping hand for women’s basketball in the Philippines.The Philippines is ranked no.47 in the Fiba women’s rankings and Mascariñas said that ranking could go higher with the right support.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced The 5-foot-5 gunner was also named as the tournament’s best shooter in both the men’s and women’s division after taking the gold in the shooting competition.READ: Janine Pontejos gets gold in Fiba 3×3 shootout FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd with the newfound awareness Perlas got after the Fiba 3×3 World Cup, Pontejos hopes the women’s national team would have more exposure in the future.“I think we’ve shown them the talent of women basketball players from the Philippines,” said Pontejos in Filipino during their thanksgiving party Thursday at Holiday Inn. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img

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