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    Blazing Australia too much for Gilas Women in Asia Cup

    Sep 29, 2021
    Janine Pontejos Gilas Pilipinas Women vs Australia
    Janine Pontejos faces the Opals' pressure defense.
    PHOTO: Fiba.basketball

    GILAS Pilipinas Women showed better fight, yet could not douse the blazing shooting from Australia as they suffered a 64-point mugging, 120-56, in the 2021 Fiba Women's Asia Cup on Wednesday morning (Manila time) at Prince Hamza Hall in Amman.

    Gilas Women vs Australia recap

    After the Filipinas' inspired rally late in the first quarter, the Opals responded with 15 unanswered points to start the second frame which would later be part of a 32-point period to grab a 64-33 halftime lead.

    Australia continued to torch the Philippines from deep, going on a mercurial 14-of-34 from threes as it dominated the boards, 41 ro 18.

    Lauren Nicholson drained four treys to lead the Opals with 21 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while Keely Jane Froling got a double-double of 18 points and 12 boards in the win.

    Darcee Garbin, Alexandra Sharp, and Lauren Marie Scherf scored 12 points, while New York Liberty guard Sami Whitcomb did all the dirty work with her eight points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.

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    Australia, the world no. 3 team in the world, improves to 2-0 in Group B and now heads to a battle of undefeated teams when it takes on world no. 7 China on Wednesday evening.

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    (See: Towering China overwhelms Gilas Women by 91 in Asia Cup opener)

    Meanwhile, despite the Philippines dropping its second assignment, it remains in contention for the knockout rounds as it fights fellow winless team Chinese Taipei on Thursday midnight.

    Afril Bernardino Gilas Pilipinas Women vs Australia

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    Janine Pontejos drilled three of her nine treys to lead Gilas Women with 13 points, while Afril Bernardino did all she could with her eight points and three boards.

    Kristine Cayabyab also had a solid outing, going for 10 points as the Filipinas failed to keep up in the succeeding cantos after staying within striking distance at 30-20 late in the first period.

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      The Scores:

      AUSTRALIA 120 -- Nicholson 21, Froling 18, Garbin 12, Sharp 12, Scherf 12, Shelley 10, Melbourne 9, Whitcomb 8, Mangakahia 7, Aokuso 4, Wehrung 4, Wallace 3.

      PHILIPPINES 56 -- Pontejos 13, Cayabyab 10, Bernardino 8, Nabalan 8, Castillo 6, Clarin 6, Castro 3, Cabinbin 2, Tongco 0, Fajardo 0, Prado 0.

      Quarters: 32-20, 64-33, 91-46, 120-56.

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      Janine Pontejos faces the Opals' pressure defense.
      PHOTO: Fiba.basketball
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