The Philippine Women’s Basketball team is forced to win all their games as they compete at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships for women in Bangkok, Thailand on October 27 to November 23.
Winning all their games would mean being relegated to Level I, and at the same time proving their potentials for the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar this December.
RP cagebelles head coach, Heidi Ong, explained that although they are concentrating on a much higher level of competition which is the FIBA Asia Women’s Championships, they are also out to prove the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission that they are worthy to be part of Philippines’ official delegation to this year’s SEA Games.
“Our Chef de Mission (Col. Jeff Tamayo) told us to make sure that we won’t be beaten by our SEA Games counterparts because we want to be in the Level I of the FINA Asia,” said Ong at the weekly PSA forum in Shakey’s Malate.
The women’s basketball team is scheduled to leave for Bangkok on October 25, aiming to get one of the two leading slots in Level II, which will give the team a chance to meet the lowest team in Level I wherein the winner will advance to Level I and will have a chance to qualify at the World Championships.
Included in the team line-up are Joan Grajales, Melissa Jacob, Cassy Tioseco, Mary Joy Galicia, Analyn Almazan, Cindy Resultay, Merenciana Ewonritseorlagha Arayi, Patricia Tiu, Fria Bernardo, Chovi Borja, Maria Lalaine Flormata and Bernadette Mercado.
Angel Ortega, Juvy Andaya are Joy Tolentino the team reserves.
The team will first meet Hong Kong on October 27, Uzbekistan on October 28, host Thailand on October 29, Malaysia on October 30 and Indonesia on October 31.
“If we top Level II, we will meet the bottom of the Level I or the number 6. If we land second, we will meet number 5. And we must win in that playoff for us to stay in the elite group,” stressed Ong.