Janine Pontejos bagged the gold medal in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup shoot-out contest on Tuesday at the Philippine Arena.
With a passionate home crowd cheering her on, Pontejos caught fire and finished with 14 points, including a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the top of the key, in 41.86 seconds.
Though the Philippine teams failed to advance to the playoffs, Pontejos made sure that the hosts would not go home empty-handed.
"Even if we lost, I never lost hope that we can still bring honor to the Philippines because of the shootout. I felt more confident because my teammates and coaches pushed me," said the former Centro Escolar University star.
Pontejos won in thrilling fashion as silver medalist Alexandra Stolyar of Russia also scored 14 points but needed 49.92 seconds to complete all the racks. Croatia's Marin Hrvoje earned the bronze after logging 11 points in 44.3 seconds.
"I was really nervous. My hands were really cold," she admitted."I imagined that we were just doing drills. Fortunately, my shooting showed."
The 25-year-old Pontejos made history as this is the Philippines' first-ever medal in FIBA 3x3.
"I'm really proud that I won this gold medal, which is our first gold medal in the World Cup if I'm not mistaken," she said. "I'm proud of being a Filipino. This is for the Philippines."