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After hot game, Pessumal guarantees SEAG gold for Gilas in KL

TAIPEI – Von Pessumal got his chance to play a lot in the Jones Cup on Saturday and delivered.

After finishing with 14 points built around four triples, Pessumal said he got the confidence boost he needs as he suits up for Gilas Pilipinas for a second stint in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia late next month.

Von Pessumal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net
Not that he got carried away, but Pessumal knows that a lot has changed since he first played in the SEAG in Singapore two years ago when Gilas had a couple of close shaves against foes Filipinos are used to dominating.

“Of course, of course,” Pessumal said when asked if he could guarantee the Philippines’ 18th gold medal in the biennial meet.

He will be one of coach Jong Uichico’s best shooters in a squad that is practically half of a 24-man pool Chot Reyes submitted to the Fiba for the Asian Championship that will run in conflict with the SEAG.

And this being Pessumal’s second straight time to play in the regional conclave, his guarantee isn’t without basis as he goes to Malaysia together with a lot of players who also saw action in Singapore.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/257501/hot-game-pessumal-guarantees-seag-gold-gilas-kl

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