The Gilas Women’s team is the Philippine national women’s basketball team that competes in various international tournaments, including the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. The SEA Games is a multi-sport event held every two years among countries in Southeast Asia, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions in the region.
The Gilas Women’s team has had a mixed record in the SEA Games over the years. They won their first gold medal in the 2019 SEA Games held in the Philippines, beating Thailand in the finals. The victory was a historic one for the team, as it was the first time they won a gold medal in the SEA Games and their first medal in 34 years.
The team’s performance in the tournament was impressive, winning all their games en route to the gold medal.
The team’s success in the 2019 SEA Games was due to the efforts of their talented players, including Janine Pontejos, Afril Bernardino, and Jack Animam. Pontejos was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after leading the Gilas Women’s team in scoring and three-point shooting.
Bernardino, on the other hand, was a force on both ends of the court, averaging 13.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. Animam was also a crucial player for the team, contributing 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
The Gilas Women’s team’s victory in the 2019 SEA Games was a significant milestone for women’s basketball in the Philippines. It showed that the women’s team is capable of achieving success at the highest level and can compete with the best teams in the region.
The team’s success also highlighted the importance of supporting women’s sports in the country and providing opportunities for young women to pursue their passion for basketball.