Perlas Pilipinas in early showdown with Thailand
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 08, 2015 05:50 PM
“We certainly feel the pressure, knowing that everybody is curious on how we will perform." --- Perlas Pilipinas coach Patrick Aquino’
SINGAPORE—The basketball events of the 28th Southeast Asian Games start on Tuesday with the Philippine women’s team clashing early with the same team that denied the country of the gold medal twice in a row—Thailand.
Game time is at 9 a.m. at the OCBC Arena Hall 1.
Sinag Pilipinas, the cadet team of Gilas Pilipinas, opens its campaign against Indonesia in the men’s division at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the same venue.
Head coach Patrick Aquino Perlas Pilipinas, as the women’s team is called, aims to reversing the outcome this time.
“We certainly feel the pressure, knowing that everybody is curious on how we will perform,’’ Aquino said.
Ewon Arayi, Analyn Almazan and Allana May Lim are back to avenge their back-to-back losses to the Thais. They will be backtopped by two MVPs of the past two UAAP seasons—NU’s Afril Bernardino and FEU’s Camille Sambile.
Six teams are entered in women’s basketball. They play only one round and the team with the best record wins the gold.
``There’s nothing more to aspire for than the gold,’’ said Aquino, who steered the NU Lady Bulldogs to the UAAP women’s title last season.
The team is also composed of Danica Jose, Shelley Ann Gupilan, Cindy Resultay, Clare Castro, Sofia Roman, Fria Bernardo and Raiza Palmera.