The Philippine women’s national basketball team suffered its second rout of epic proportions within 24 hours as the Gilas Women lost to world number three Australia, 56-120, in Group B of the 2021 FIBA Women’s Asian Cup Wednesday morning in Amman.
Bannered by a corps of developmental players led by two seniors from the WNBA, the Opals from Down Under displayed basketball fundamentals, using height, ball movement, motion offense, and rebounding to subdue the Filipina squad.
Pro player Lauren Nicholson scored 18 points in the first half and finished the game with 21 points, Keely Jane Froling co-led with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Australia hauled 67 boards as a team compared to the Philippines’ 25.
The Filipinas, meanwhile, was still miserable on rebounding and heavily depended on three point shooting to earn a few buckets against the defense of their titanic opponents.
Spitfire Janine Pontejos was a modest leader for the Gilas side with 13 points and three triples as the Philippines had eleven treys for this game but shot at a still paltry 31 per cent from deep.
While losing two games with an average margin of 77 points a game, the Gilas Women are still in contention for a playoff berth in tomorrow’s game against Taiwan (Chinese Taipei).
“We just want to compete and that’s our purpose here,” said Philippine head coach Patrick Aquino in the postgame presser.
“We’re really a selfless team in playing offensively and we really do enjoy how our team is playing in the moment,” remarked Australia head coach Paul Goriss.
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