Gilas Women maul host Vietnam

Published May 19, 2022, 8:36 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Photo from FIBA

Gilas Pilipinas continued its dominant form in women’s basketball competitions of the 31st Southeast Asian Games after routing host Vietnam, 118-87, Thursday, May 19 in Hanoi.

Not even the presence of a predominantly Vietnamese crowd at the Thanh Tri Gymnasium could intimidate coach Pat Aquino’s squad as Gilas raced to a furious start and never looked back to remain undefeated after three outings.

Khate Castillo led the way for Gilas with 25 points highlighted by seven triples while Afril Bernardino once again had another strong showing after putting in 14 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Gabi Bade scored 14 points while Camille Clarin and Clare Castro added 11 and 10 points.

The Pinay cagers moved two victories shy of retaining the gold via a five-game sweep.

Indonesia and Malaysia are tied for second at 2-1, followed by Vietnam and Thailand with identical 1-2 slates while Singapore is at the bottom at 0-3.

Gilas will take a day off Friday before returning to action this weekend against Singapore and Malaysia.

Castillo’s three capped off Gilas’ 14-2 lead in the first two minutes of the match. She knocked down two more in the opening quarter which ended with the Filipinas way ahead 40-20.

The Philippines stayed in control in the second, with Castillo scoring seven in the period before taking a 58-35 lead at the break.

Behind Castillo’s outside shooting, Gilas would make 17 threes out of 39 attempts.

Thao Vy Truong and Mailee Jones scored 30 and 29 points for Vietnam in the loss.