by Waylon Galvez
The Gilas women’s 3×3 national team lost, 21-16, to Australia in the quarterfinals yesterday and bowed out of the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup in Changsha, China.
Composed of collegiate standouts Jack Danielle Animam and Afril Bernardino of National University, Janine Pontejos of Centro Escolar University and Clare Castro of Far Eastern University, the Nationals finished in the top eight.
“This is our first time to join the Asia Cup, and I’m just so proud of the girls as they fought hard,” said coach Pat Aquino.
The women’s squad topped Pool A of the qualifying draw with victories against Chinese Taipei (16-13) and Samoa (21-1) last Wednesday, and opposite Vanuatu (22-5) last Thursday.
During the pool play, the Philippine split its matches in Pool C, losing to Japan, 20-8, while dumping Sri Lanka, 21-6, Friday to advance to the next stage.