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CJ Perez beams with pride after 3x3 gold conquest in front of Filipino crowd

by Reynald Magallon, December 03, 2019 11:29pm

Southeast Asian Games 3x3 gold medalist CJ Perez was just beaming with pride and honor after their gold medal conquest in the 3x3 Men's basketball tournament on Monday.

Perez, along with Jason Perkins, Mo Tautuaa and Chris Newsome swept all of their eight games en route to the gold medal finish and extend the Philippines' dominance in the south east asian basketball to the 3x3 competition that was played for the first in the SEA games

Perez and company capped their performances with a dominant 21-6 victoory over silver medalists Indonesia granering wild cheers from Filipino crowd in the venue.

Perez, was just happy to deliver the gold medal and bring pride to the Filipinos.

"Sobrang saya, It's an honor na mabigyan ng gold ang bansa natin. Sobrang saya kasi all-out yung support talaga ng Pilipinas," said Perez after the awarding ceremony.

Perez, who also played in the 2019 World Cup in China in the 5-on-5 basketball, pointed out that the crowd played a major role in their conquest. The 6'2" high flying guard said there's really a difference in playing overseas and in the home soil.

"I really appreciate that kasi alam mo yun, magrepresent ka dito sa mismong bayan mo parang nakikita talaga nila kung paano kami mag hardwork, paano kami maglaro," said Perez who gave the fans some highlight reels including a one handed throwdown against an Indonesian defender in the Finals.

"'Yun yung difference ng hindi nila nakikita yung kapag nasa ibang bansa ka, dito nakikita nila yung nangyayari so sobrang happy," added the Columbian Dyip star in the PBA.

Perez was also happy to achieve the goal despite the short preparation time and the players still juggling their duties with the country and their mother clubs. He credited the coaching staff for preparing and guiding them.

"Di naman nagkulang sina coach Ronnie na ibigay yung information ibigay yung ginagawa ng kalaban, kung ano gagawin namin, kaya ganun din yung pinerform namin kasi yung communication namin sobrang solid."

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