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Gilas women's team scores whopping win to kick off Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup bid

Gilas women's team scores whopping win to kick off Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup bid

MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas Women’s team showed no remorse and ripped Samoa, 21-1, to open its campaign the Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup Wednesday in Changshan in China.

Afril Bernardino spearheaded the Philippines’ 7-0 start en route to the biggest margin of victory in Fiba 3×3 history.

Janine Pontejos then finished off the Samoans’ suffering with a long-distance swish bomb from the left wing with 2:28 still on the game clock.

Bernardino finished with eight points to lead the Philippines while center Clare Castro had six.

Pontejos chipped in five points while Jack Danielle Animam had two.

The Philippines faces Chinese Taipei at 4:10 pm in the Qualifying Draw A matches.

A Gilas win over Chinese-Taipei later will put them at an edge to advance to the main tournament with only the top two teams in each group advancing.