MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines scooped up another bronze medal in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games as the men’s wheelchair 5-on-5 basketball team edged Myanmar, 49-41, in the battle for 3rd on Friday, September 22 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
The national team took early control of the match as it established a double-digit lead at the half, 29-17, that helped stave off the second half rally of Myanmar.
Rene Macabenguil topscored for the para cagers with 18 points on the board.
Thailand got the gold after defeating host country Malaysia, 70-56, in the event finals later in the day.
Meanwhile, Cendy Asusano and Ernie Gawilan both struck gold once more as they scored triumphant victories in their respective para athletics and swimming events.
Asusano delivered her 3rd gold for the athletics department courtesy of the women’s shotput F54 event.
The 27-yeard-old Asusano, who likewise ruled the javelin throw and discus throw F54 events, topped the race after registering a best distance of 5.5 meters. She was joined in the stands by silver medalist Thi Ngoc Thuy of Vietnam, and fellow Filipina Marites Burce who snagged bronze.
Ernie Gawilan, veteran of the para swimming team and representative to the 2016 Rio Paralympics, also brought home another gold after emerging victorious in the men’s 200m individual medley SM8 event on Friday morning.
The Philippines so far has listed 18 golds, 18 silvers, and 23 bronzes for a total of 59 medals on the tally as of publication time. – Rappler.com
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