Gilas Girls reap the benefits of recent legs to crush naturalized-laden Cambodia

Gilas Pilipinas Women vs Cambodia in the SEA Games 2023. –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ariya Kurniawan | Instagram @ariyakurniawan16

Gilas Pilipinas Girls vs Cambodia within the SEA Video games 2023. –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ariya Kurniawan | Instagram @ariyakurniawan16

The Philippines noticed Cambodia get roughened up by Malaysia the day earlier than, and that turned out to be opening it wanted when Gilas Pilipinas had its flip in opposition to the host within the Southeast Asian Video games ladies’s basketball competitors on Wednesday night time.

“That was the gameplan—we tried to have brisker legs than them,” nationwide coach Pat Aquino advised reporters on the heels of Gilas Women’s 114-54 blowout win at Morodok Techo Nationwide Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, that acquired their title-retention bid off on the correct foot.

“It was to our benefit. We simply took it. We have been profitable. And I believe even once we have been urgent on a regular basis, we nonetheless had brisker legs [by] the top of the sport,” he added.

The Philippines performed with out let up all night time lengthy and even held a naturalized-laden Cambodia to simply 9 factors within the fourth quarter.

Gilas Pilipinas Women in the SEA Games 2023

Gilas Pilipinas Girls’s Jack Animam within the SEA Video games 2023. –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ariya Kurniawan | Instagram @ariyakurniawan16

Ella Fajardo starred with 17 factors, whereas Jack Animam delivered 16 extra to indicate that taking part in in opposition to a squad backstopped by a WNBA-caliber expertise was hardly a difficulty for the back-to-back champions.

Chack Cabinbin, Afril Bernardino and Camille Clarin all completed with twin-digit scores to assist this proud Gilas staff set an instance for the boys’s staff that may play the hosts on Thursday night time.

“I believe the teaching employees scouted properly [on Tuesday]. We actually stayed right here till the sport was over in opposition to Malaysia,” Aquino mentioned.

“Cambodia’s coach solely has 5 or 6 or 7 [players] for his rotation. And a few acquired injured already. [We just] grabbed that chance.”

“So far as we’re involved, I hope we might maintain what we’re doing for the following 5 extra video games as a result of we’re taking part in straight from right here on out. No relaxation,” Aquino mentioned.

The Philippines will plunge again into motion in opposition to Singapore this Thursday 4 p.m. (Manila time).

“I believe, once more, the teaching employees has a sport plan for tomorrow. Hopefully, we might deal with additionally—the warmth and the taking part in time of a very powerful gamers. Everyone’s vital however we’re making an attempt to take care of the freshness of all people,” Aquino mentioned.

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