The country faces big challenges when the Filipino dribblers face China at the start of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women’s Asian Cup on Monday at Prince Hamza Hall in Amman, Jordan.
Head coach Patrick Aquino told BusinessMirror on Sunday that his wards “will perform at their best” in the Group B game at 9 p.m. against the favorites.
“We will be there to compete and hopefully defy the odds,” said Aquino, who will miss the services of 6-foot-5 Jack Animam at the Asian Cup due to his historic signing with Radnicki Kragujevac in the Serbian women’s league recently.
“It’s difficult, but I hope we can upset the opposition,” he said. âAgainst China? I hope.”
China’s 6ft 1 average height compared to the Philippines’ 5ft 8 average is already a big wall to knock down on paper. But Aquino believes his players, led by Southeast Asian Games gold medalists Afril Bernardino Janine Pontejos and 6-foot-4-inch Clare Castro, will do whatever it takes to give the Chinese a run. for their money.
The other team members are Ella Fajardo, Khate Castillo, Chack Cabinbin, Andrea Tongco, Ann Pingol, Camille Clarin, Kristine Cayabyab, Mar Prado and Ria Nabalan.
In parentheses with the Philippines and China are Australia and Chinese Taipei. September 29 for Filipinos, Australians and Taiwanese on September 30.
Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and India are in Group A.
Aquino trained the team for two weeks at Summit Point Golf and Country Club in Lipa City.