As considerably as Patrick Aquino is concerned, the Gilas Pilipinas women’s staff competing in the Fiba U16 Women’s Asian Championship Division B has not accomplished something nevertheless.
“There’s even now two video games to play,” he told the Inquirer on Monday via a cellular phone get in touch with from Amman, Jordan, where the event is staying held.
The crew finished a sweep of Team A with a 94-65 rout of Samoa at Prince Hamza Hall late Sunday night — a major evening for Filipino gals just after a thrilling win by the countrywide footballers about Bosnia and Herzegovina in Brezice, Slovenia.
The Gilas Women of all ages booked an outright semifinal place where by they could have a rematch from Samoa or face dangerous Kazakhstan.
But even the director of the national women’s software understands that what ever happens from this level onward in the tournament, the present squad signifies anything distinctive for the activity.
“This is basically a main for the foreseeable future of the women’s software,” Aquino, also the architect of a dominant Nationwide University operate in UAAP women’s basketball, claimed. “The girls based mostly overseas, they’re in a U16 team so naturally by owning their passports at that age, we no for a longer time foresee any challenge for them to stand for the region in the potential.”
Actively playing far from the highlight normally reserved for the sport, the young Gilas ladies have been dominant, with only a 92-86 victory about Syria—a sport wherever the staff led in double figures—ending with a close margin. The Philippines also routed Indonesia, 104-68.
Kristan Yumul and Gabriella Ramos have been spectacular for the U16 squad. Yumul is averaging a crew-most effective 25 details for every recreation, torching opponents from outside of the arc, wherever she is hitting practically fifty percent her photographs so far (20 of 41, 48.8 %). Ramos, meanwhile, is averaging a monster double-double of 17.3 points and 14.7 rebounds so much.
“Kristan, she’s really a knock-down shooter. Her demeanor is so quiet and coaches have been indicating she’s like [former PBA Most Valuable Player] James Yap. Gabbie, on the other hand, will work definitely challenging,” Aquino stated.
“Everyone has been generating massive contributions in their way,” Aquino stated.
Playmaker Natalie Panganiban (14 ppg, 7. rpg, 6. apg) and heart Samantha Medina (7.3 ppg, 7. rpg) have occur up big in the tournament for the Philippines underneath coach Brian Rosario and his deputies, Julie Amos and Mark Solano.
And Aquino is not a little bit stunned.
“I was truly optimistic about this squad,” he mentioned. “Of class, coming from the previous time we competed right here in 2009, I always knew that our opponents would be greater and genuinely actual physical. But I realized this team was gifted more than enough to compete.”
And Aquino wishes the Filipino women to contend tough until eventually the extremely close.
“All we have correct now is a terrific start out,” he explained. “We’re hoping the team can finish more robust.”
No make a difference what the ending will be, however, the workforce has confirmed it can serve as a good foundation for a revitalized plan, a single that has ruled the final two Southeast Asian Games following becoming dominated by regional rivals in the earlier.
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