SEA Games: Gilas women overcome bruises for perfect 3x3 start
Paul Lintag on Dec 01, 2019 05:47 PM
The Filipinas had to deal with some minor injuries as Afril Bernardino hurt her left thumb late against Indonesia. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
MANILA — Gilas Pilipinas women got a nice unbeaten start in women’s 3x3 basketball of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games but it wasn’t smooth sailing at all.
After a dominant win to start against Myanmar Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Center here, Gilas women had to work to pick up victories against Malaysia and Indonesia.
The Filipinas also had to deal with some minor injuries as Afril Bernardino hurt her left thumb late against Indonesia.
“Sumabit siya sa one of the players ng Indonesia,” Bernardino said talking about her thumb.
“Kumikirot pa rin siya, siguro di ko na lang iniisip yung sakit kasi lahat namain kami pinagtrabahuhan itong event na to. Pinaghandaan talaga namin to, hindi pa ito yung reason para mag-give up,” she added.
After Afril’s thumb, there’s also Jack Animam’s eye that got compromised during the FIBA pre-Olympic Qualifying tournament in New Zealand.
That injury cost her to miss the UAAP Season 82 Finals where her NU Lady Bulldogs completed an undefeated six-peat.
The injury didn’t cause her to miss the SEA Games however, and she assures that she’s 100 percent good to go now.
“Actually nakalimutan ko na may eye injury ako,” Animam said.
“I’m happy to be back. I feel a lot better now. 100 percent healthy na, nothing to worry about,” she added.
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