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    Before resuming title bid with NU, Jack Animam has mission with Gilas Women

    Nov 4, 2019
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    JACK Animam is just two victories away from accomplishing her goal of going undefeated in her collegiate career.

    "Yun yung goal ko sa sarili ko even before ako pumasok sa UAAP. Gusto ko na sa limang taon na maglaro ako dito, mag-champion ako at di ako makaranas ng talo," the 6-foot-5 forward said.

    Animam is hoping to follow the footsteps of Ria Nabalan and Jhianne Layug as the only players to graduate unbeaten in women's basketball.

    Lucky for her, she can achieve just that as National University's request to move the finals was granted by the UAAP Board.

    The Lady Bulldogs, which for the sixth straight season swept the eliminations to gain an outright finals berth, are sitting idle and awaiting their date in the best-of-three championship series, set to open on Nov. 20.

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      That would give Animam and her fellow Gilas Pilipinas Womens teammate Kelli Hayes, as well as coach Patrick Aquino, the chance to represent the country in the 2019 Fiba Asia Women's Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

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      The Philippines is placed in a tough Group A with hosts New Zealand, China, and South Korea in the tourney set from Nov. 14 to 17 in Auckland.

      "I'm just happy that the UAAP Board gave us that opportunity to represent the country and be back here to play for the championship," said Aquino.

      The Lady Bulldogs have won 94 straight games and are a couple wins away from a six-peat.

      "Mahirap, but we have to do it," said Aquino as he juggles his responsibilities with the school and the national team.

      "Staying focused on two different teams is very hard, but I talked with my coaches in NU and Gilas program, we're trying to help out one another. We just hope that the experience they're taking from Gilas will also be beneficial for the others in NU."

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