SEA Games: Gilas Women rout Indonesia in 5-on-5

Clare Castro Philippines SEA Games

FILE – Clare Castro of the Philippines fights for the ball against Lea Elvensia of Indonesia in the women’s 5×5 basketball competition of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at Mall of Asia Arena.

MANILA, Philippines—Defending champion Philippines used a feisty second half to rout Indonesia, 93-77, and get its Southeast Asian Games women’s 5-on-5 basketball campaign off to a rousing start Monday in Vietnam.

Gilas Pilipinas Women put on the heat in the third quarter, outscoring Perbasi 32-19. The Nationals tightened the noose on defense and enjoyed leads as big as 17 in the payoff frame at Thanh Tri Gymnasium in Hanoi.

Afril Bernardino, easily the most seasoned veteran in the bunch, starred for the Philippines with 16 points, nine rebounds spiked with a stingy performance on defense with four steals and three blocks.

Janine Pontejos, another grizzled ace, chipped in 15 more to go with Camille Clarin newcomer Elisha Bade’s 11 each, highlighting the Philippines’ commendable effort on the offensive end. Every single one of coach Pat Aquino’s charges contributed.

Gilas takes a break on Tuesday and then plunges back into action against Thailand on Wednesday at 10 a.m.