Gilas Women didn’t prove a game against China after playing at the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup kick-off at Prince Hamza Hall in Amman, Jordan on Monday the 27th.
With a strong crew also belonged to WNBA player Han Xu, the Chinese smashed the Filipinas in all facets and shot a sparkling 67% clip off the field on the way to the 91-point blowout.
Han, who at the New York Liberty in The WNBA is under contract, scored 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block, while seven of her teammates scored double digits.
Afril Bernardino showed the way for Gilas Women with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks , but she lacked offensive help as she was the only Filipino goalscorer to finish in double digits.
Gilas Women kept up early with China and was only 5 points behind, five minutes from time in the opening phase, 10-15, before the three counters by Ana Castillo and Ria Joy Nabalan.
However, the Asian juggernaut pulled back to build a comfortable 35-17 cushion at the end of the quarter after forcing the Filipinas to cough up 9 sales in the period alone.
That was just the beginning of the dominance of the Chinese ballers, because their lead quadrupled with 108: 38 until the last volley.
Yang Liwei led China with 21 points, 5 assists and 5 steals, Li Yueru had 18 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds, while Zhang Ru had 15 points, 7 assists and 3 steals in the one-sided victory.
Janine Pontejos left Bernardino behind with 7 points. Nathalia Prado and the debutante Ella Fajardo caused the defeat with 6 points each.
Clare Castro, the only legitimate center in the Philippines, struggled with foul problems and fouled half of the fourth quarter.
Gilas Women want to put their crushing defeat to China aside as they resume their Group B campaign against Australia on Wednesday, September 29th at 12:00 noon.
The top teams in each group will move straight away into the semi-finals, while teams No. 2 and No. 3 play a qualifying game for their last four places. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamed of becoming a PBA player but he didn’t have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to be an athlete – to write about her.
He started journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler after graduating in 2017.