Pinoy teams deliver in busy, fulfilling day of international sports

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 10, 2017 12:07 PM
Pinoy teams deliver in busy, fulfilling day of int'l sports
Three of the Philippines' most celebrated sports teams took the court yesterday, and they didn't disappoint.

There’s just something special about August 9.

Last year, it was on that same date that Hidilyn Diaz broke the Philippines’ two decade-long Olympic medal drought in Rio de Janerio after claiming silver in the women’s 53-kilogram weightlifting event.

We commemorated the event’s anniversary, and Hidilyn’s story remains as inspirational as ever, one year on.

Meanwhile, three of the country’s most celebrated teams took the court yesterday in separate events and venues, and with them are thousands, if not millions of Filipinos offering their support, one way or another.

Gilas Pilipinas, even without big men like Andray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo, showed incredible heart to top China, 96-87 in their opening game in Lebanon for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.

Terrence Romeo dropped 26 points in a thrilling display of firepower. The Bro was lights out as he drained jumper after jumper, helping Gilas hold off a very game Chinese squad.

Earlier that day, the Philippine national women’s volleyball team scored a confidence-boosting, straight-sets victory over Hong Kong, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, to start their 19th SMM Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship campaign.

Alyssa Valdez led the way for the Pinay volleybelles with 14 points, while Jaja Santiago added 13 markers to help the Nationals move closer to a quarterfinals berth.

Later in the evening, Filipino football club Ceres Negros FC blanked Singaporean team Home United 2-0 in the second leg of their match-up to win 3-2 on aggregate to be named the ASEAN Zone champions.

OJ Porteria's early goal put the Filipinos up front two minutes in, while Manny Ott found the back on the net, 40 minutes later with a well-taken free kick to double Ceres Negros' lead and to clinch the title.

No doubt, yesterday was a great day for Philippine sports, but with the way our teams delivered, who says we won’t be seeing better days ahead?

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