Filipina cagers are entering the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore in fighting form according to national team head coach Patrick Aquino.
College standouts Shelley Gupilan, Raiza Palmera, Merenciana Arayi, Cindy Resultay, Sofia Roman, Fria Bernardo, Afril Bernardino, Danica Jose, Analyn Almazan, Clare Castro, Allana Lim and Camille Sambile will be representing the country in the women’s basketball competition biennial regional games.
“We’ve been together for three months now and as of the moment, we are really on high form already. We’re hoping that with the talent that we have right now we can get the gold,” Aquino said in an interview.
The Filipinas are set to face regional women’s basketball powerhouse Thailand in their first match in the SEA Games.
“They [Thai team] have been champions for two SEA Games already and I hope my girls has the heart and the will to win on their game,” he added.
Aquino stressed that though his wards are relatively young, they are talented and committed to winning the gold.
“They are young but I always tell them that this is the most talented group ever formed,” he said.