Perlas Pilipinas let the confidence jump-start in its Day Two 2016 SEABA Women’s Championship on Wednesday night, crushing Laos, 179-32, at the Bukit Serindit Indoor Stadium in Malacca, Malaysia.
Jack Animam topscored for the Philippines with career-high 28 points, 17 rebounds and an impressive 14-for-17 from the field, while Camille Sambile scored 26 and grabbed 5 rebounds. Janine Pontejos contributed 19 points followed by Mainstays Allana Lim, Cindy Resultay and Amby Almazan, who each scored 18. Afril Bernardino also added 16 points as Team captain Raiza Dy scored 12 points in 11 minutes of action.
Souktavanh Phantalangsy led Laos with 15 markers, two boards, and three swipes but Perlas Pilipinas showed no fear as they nearly hit the century-mark during the first half alone after tallying a thunderous score of 96 over the first two periods.
The Philippines women’s national basketball team aimed for the first 10 points of the match, a change from their slow start on the opening day. They secured their place by restricting the rivals to a field goal an eight-minute stretch in the second period.
Following the string of triumph, Perlas Pilipinas gained the access to establish a 70-point lead, 86-16, which next successfully hit the century mark, 124-24, with exactly two minutes in the third period, stretching the chance for Laos to recover thin.
The Filipinas’ competitive play was not plot to belittle their rivals; instead it was more of boosting the confidence of the ladies, according to the head coach of the national team, Patrick Aquino.
“It’s a preparation for the next few games. It’s more of bringing the confidence level of the girls. It’s also a good time to rest the starting unit for the big games ahead while on the other hand, taking a conscious effort at looking at the quotient dahil baka magkaroon ng triple-tie, we’ll never know,” Aquino told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.
“They have to play this kind of level of basketball. It’s not a sign of disrespect, but we need to address some points. I just told them let the confidence coming in here and it’s just the beginning of the tournament.”
Since they have defeated Singapore, 69-43, on Tuesday, Perlas Pilipinas now cradles a 2-0 record in the 2016 SEABA Women’s Championship.