Gilas Pilipinas women’s team (OneSports photo courtesy)
The Philippine women’s basketball squad wrapped up their participation in the Jones Cup with an unfortunate 88-95 loss to Japan’s Chanson V Magic on Wednesday, August 9th, at the Heping Basketball Gymnasium in Taipei, Taiwan.
With a final record of 1-4, the Gilas women secured the fifth spot out of the six teams that competed in the tournament.
During the course of the competition, the Philippines secured their sole victory by triumphing over Iran with a score of 64-60 on the tournament’s second day.
Under the guidance of coach Patrick Aquino, the team suffered defeats against Taiwan’s senior team (85-89), junior team (83-94), and Korea’s Busan BNK (59-65).
In contrast, Chanson dominated the tournament with an unblemished 5-0 record, securing the championship title.
Leading the charge for Gilas was Jack Animam, who contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Veteran scorer Janine Pontejos showcased her skills with an impressive 20-point performance for Gilas, although the team stumbled in the final quarter after holding a 69-65 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Takano Hashikota led Chanson’s charge with an impressive 32-point display, fueled by eight successful three-pointers.
Koike Haruke displayed an all-around performance with 14 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds for the triumphant Chanson team. (ai/mnm)