MALACCA, MALAYSIA — After breezing past its first two opponents and likely to win handily against Vietnam on Thursday, the tough grind begins for Perlas Pilipinas in a game against Indonesian in the Seaba Women’s Championship at the Bukit Serindit Indoor Stadium on Friday.
The Filipinas will square off with the Indonesians, the same team which beat them in last year’s Southeast Asian Games, starting at 8 p.m.
Indonesia will be bannered by Gabriel Sofia, a 6-foot-5 center who did most of the damage against the Filipinas during their SEA Games campaign last year in Singapore.
Head coach Patrick Aquino is hoping the Philippines would carry the momentum of its huge wins over Singapore and Laos, which it defeated by a combined margin of 173 points.
The Blackwater Women-backed Perlas side waltzed past Singapore, 69-43, at the start of its campaign before demolishing Laos, 179-32 on Wednesday. The Filipinas are expected to run roughshod over Vietnam, now being coached by Filipino mentor Jojo Castillo, who described his team as a work in progress.
For Aquino, the lopsided wins in their first two games not only gave the Philippines some security in case the team falls in a multiple team tie that needs quotient. It is also one way of boosting the confidence of the members of the squad, particularly the newcomers and relievers while allowing his stalwarts to take a breather.
“We have to be wary of the quotient, but more than anything else, it’s a way to preserve our starting unit for the bigger games to come and allow the other players to build their confidence, especially the newcomers,” said Aquino.
(Bukit Serindit Indoor Stadium)
4 p.m. – Vietnam vs Thailand
6 p.m. – Singapore vs Laos
8 p.m. – Philippines vs Indonesia