Perlas Pilipinas rode on a huge second-quarter surge as the national women’s team routed Singapore, 69-43 to kick off its 2016 SEABA women’s basketball title bid on a high note on Tuesday in Malacca, Malaysia.
The Filipinas, mentored by coach Patrick Aquino, trailed, 0-6 in the early stages of the game, before an unforgiving defense saw them unload 19 straight points to quickly turn the tables against their foes.
France Mae Cabinbin, a former Lyceum Lady Pirate and WNCAA two-time MVP, spearheaded the Filipinas’ offensive with 10 points, six rebounds and three steals.
The women’s national team, which last won the regional championship in 2010, played without long-time national team member Ewon Arayi, who is still recovering from dengue.
Meanwhile, Jia Min Lim paced the Singaporeans with 15 markers and five steals.
The Filipinas will take on Laos on Wednesday. – John Bryan Ulanday
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Photo taken from Patrick Aquino’s Official Facebook Account