HANGZHOU—The women’s basketball team made a rousing debut in the Asian Games with an 83-59 rout of Kazakhstan Wednesday night at the Shaoxing Olympic Sports Centre gymnasium.
It was the first time the Philippines played in women’s basketball in the Asiad.
Janine Pontejos exploded with 21 points, Ana Castillo had 15 and veteran Afril Bernardino added 11 in the rousing win.
After a 17-17 tie in the first quarter, the Gilas women overwhelmed the Kazakhs, 23-9, in the second quarter behind Pontejos, Bernardino Jack Animam and Stefanie Berberabe for a 40-26 lead at the break.
The Gilas women return to the court on Friday against a Hong Kong side badly beaten by world power Japan, 118-46, in the other Group B match Wednesday.
In the other games, South Korea blasted Thailand, 90-56, and North Korea downed Chinese Taipei, 91-77, in Group C.
Philippines 83—Pontejos 21, Castillo 15, Bernardino 11, Animam 9, Berberabe 8, Cabinbin 7, Del Carmen 3, Ozar 2, Tongco 2, Cacho 2, Guytingco 0, Nolasco 0. Kazakhstan 59—Kuzmina 12, Bezgodova 11, Koroleva 11, Gavrilyuk 8, Bagmet 6, Ilyassova 4, Alishaukai 3, Nurbayeva 3, Umerova 0, Astapenko 0, Yakoleva 0, Gammer 0.
Quarterscores: 17-17; 40-26; 60-41; 83-59.