Pinay cagers to use speed, quickness in FIBA Asia Women's Cup
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 11, 2017 06:16 PM
We’re much faster because we’re smaller. As far as talent is concerned, hindi naman talaga nagkakalayo -- Perlas-Pilipinas head coach Patrick Aquino
Perlas-Pilipinas hopes to make up for speed and quickness what it lacked in height and experience when it bids in the FIBA Asia Women’s Cup in Bangalore, India next week.
The Filipina cagebelles under coach Patrick Aquino will be seeing action against the finest women’s teams in the region for the first time following their stunning promotion to Level 1 during the 2015 FIBA Women’s Asian Championship in Wuhan, China.
The campaign is expected to be a tough one where the country is bracketed in Group B along with South Korea, Australia, and defending champion Japan led by Ramu Tokashiki, who plays for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA.
Group A meanwhile, is composed of New Zealand, Chinese Taipei, North Korea, and China.
Being new at such level of competition, Aquino is aware the team will be at a disadvantage as far as experience is concerned, a factor which he hopes the Filipinas could counter with their quickness and athleticism.
“We’re much faster because we’re smaller. As far as talent is concerned, hindi naman talaga nagkakalayo,” said the Perlas Pilipinas coach in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel Tuesday.
“But the experience they have yun talaga ang malaki (na advantage nila sa atin).”
Veterans Afril Bernardino and team captain Allana Lim banner the team.
Joining Aquino in the forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Golden Phoenix Hotel, Accel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. were Raiza Palmera-Dy and Camille Sambile.
Perlas Pilipinas leaves for India on July 21.
The team immediately opens its campaign against the reigning champion on July 23 at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, followed by Australia on the 24th, and South Korea on the 25th.
The top five finishers in the tournament will earn berths to the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain.
“Bilog ang bola. Who knows,” said Aquino when asked against the country’s chances of advancing to the world championship.
The FIBA Asia Cup is also being utilized by Perlas Pilipinas for its campaign in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next month where it will be aiming for a first ever gold medal.