MANILA, Philippines–Gilas Pilipinas Girls made gentle work of a taller Kazakhstan facet, 83-59, on Wednesday night time for a rousing debut within the nineteenth Asian Video games in Hangzhou, China.
The Philippines used a robust second quarter, dealing harm from in and out whereas limiting Kazakhstan—which had 4 gamers standing over six ft—to simply 9 factors at Shaoxing Olympic Sports activities Centre Gymnasium.
Janine Pontejos led the way in which with 21 factors constructed on seven triples, Khate Castillo chipped in 15 whereas Afril Bernardino 11 extra within the triumph that additionally served as a milestone for the nationwide program.
That is the Philippines’ first-ever look within the Asian Video games girls’s basketball beneath the steerage of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
Cornerstone Jack Danielle Animam, Gilas’ lone 6-footer, completed with 12 factors and did a lot of the work cleansing the glass with a game-best 14 rebounds.
Gilas completed with 53 rebounds towards its foe’s 47.
“Peak has at all times been our drawback, however I feel we’ve got benefits we are able to use towards them (the Kazakhs),” Animam informed the Inquirer on the eve of the match.
“I’m excited to play, particularly this being our first ever Asian Video games, however we’ve been taking part in in a lot greater degree of competitors. It could be solely our first time, however this sense (of pleasure) just isn’t our first time,” she added.
Gilas additionally bested the Kazakhs in assists, 19-10; and in steals, 15-5.
Tamara Kuzmina and Anna Bezgodova each had 12 factors for Kazakhstan whereas Daria Korolevaboth chipped in 11.
Up subsequent for the Philippines in Group B is Hong Kong, which is coming off a 118-46 loss to powerhouse Japan. The 2 nations battle this Friday at 1:30 p.m. (Manila time).
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