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Australia open Day 2 with rout of overmatched Philippines

BENGALURU (FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2017) - The Australians established their supremacy early and often in their masterful rout of Philippines, 107-65, on Day 2 of the FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2017.

The Opals opened the encounter with an 8-0 scoring spurt and never looked back, showing Perlas Pilipinas that the quality of Division A play is much stronger than what the Southeast Asians are used to.

3 Afril Bernardino (PHI) - Australia v Philippines, 2017 FIBA Women's Asia Cup Division A (IND), Bengaluru(IND), Group Phase, 24 July 2017
The only bright spot for coach Patrick Aquino's wards here is that the Philippines actually outscored the Opals in the second half, 42-39, but the outcome was decided well before then.

Sara Blicavs was all-around superb in this game, scoring 19 points, hauling down 8 rebounds and handing out 6 assists for Australia, which continued to lord it over Group B with a 2-0 record. The Philippines, who were paced by Janine Pontejos's 18 points, absorbed their second defeat in a row.

Perlas will try to give Korea a better challenge on Day 3, while the Aussies finish group play against defending champions Japan.

Source: http://www.fiba.com/womensasiacup/2017/news/australia-open-day-2-with-rout-of-overmatched-philippines

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