Afril Bernardino burns as Glass crashes into women’s powerhouse Thais

Even the toughest defense could not stop Afril Bernardino from being punched in large numbers by the Philippines.  - PSC picture.

Even the toughest defense could not stop Afril Bernardino from being punched in large numbers by the Philippines. – PSC picture

How does a team cure a 3 × 3 heart pain?

Destroying a powerhouse opponent in the full-court version of basketball would be a good start.

Afril Bernardino was a woman on a mission that led Gilas Pilipinas to a 97-81 victory over regional heavyweight Thailand in the women’s basketball tournament at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Wednesday at the Than Tri Gymnasium in Hanoi, Vietnam.

“I’m very happy again,” said coach Pat Aquino, who led the 3 × 3 squad that recently ousted him from the throne. “[The team] Really hard work and competition in the beginning. As I said before, let’s continue what we are doing. There is no need for change. “

There is no need, in fact, especially when Bernardino drops 20 points and grabs 16 rebounds.

Stephanie Barbarabe and Trina Guitinko each scored 10 points to give the Nationals all sorts of encouragement – from speed to emotion – to the fight against the hosts this Thursday at 6pm.

The defending champions enjoyed a 25-point lead and were able to contribute up and down the roster for the second time.

The Thais, who settled for silver in the final edition of the showcase, were drawn 27-25 at the start of the second frame.

But Phil-Am Rookie Barbarabe, Chuck Cabinbin, Jenin Pontezos and US-based newcomer Gabby Bade have made a triple drain to widen the gap to 39-27.

Defeating Thailand, which dominated women’s basketball in the region until it was unopposed by Filipinos in 2019, was an important step for Gilas women to retain their crown. The SEA Games format is the only single round-robin where the team has the best record of winning gold.

Ready for Vietnam

But Aquino still doesn’t look that far.

“I always say let’s play one by one,” Aquino said. “We are going to be ready [for] Vietnam [on Thursday]. We will prepare harder. I know it’s going to be tough against the host country. But we will give our best. ”

A product from Westmont College of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics was Barbarabe, 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals when Katrina Guitinko chipped in 10 points. Cabinbin, Claire Castro and Bad each had nine points.

The Philippine men’s team faced little resistance as expected, beating Singapore 88-37 to stay perfect after three outings.

Roger Pogba has played for the Nationals, a team-high 19 points and three steals.

Francis Lopez turned out to be another performance worthy of a highlight reel. The teenager finished with 18 points in a perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the field.

The defending champions are now making preliminary preparations for a showdown against the hosts on Thursday.

The Glass men will play Vietnam at 8pm, just after the women’s fight against the hosts at 6pm.

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