After missing NU 6-peat, Animam seeks history with Gilas Women
MANILA, Philippines – Jack Animam already missed on a chance at history so she doesn't want to let another one slip away.
After sitting out her collegiate team's historic title romp, Animam again fights for the gold when Gilas Pilipinas Women battle Thailand in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games women's basketball title match at 6 pm on Tuesday, December 10.
"My collegiate team was here [in this arena] two weeks ago and they won the championship without me," Animam, a stalwart of the NU Lady Bulldogs, said in a mix of Filipino and English.
Due to an eye injury, Animam did not play in NU's sweep of the UST Tigresses that saw the Lady Bulldogs become the first team in UAAP women's basketball history to win 6 consecutive titles.
"I want to do what they did without me here, with Gilas Women. I'm excited to win the gold for everyone who supports us."
After dethroning Malaysia in comeback fashion last Sunday, Gilas Women earned a shot at clinching their first SEA Games 5-on-5 gold medal.
It's also Animam's chance to bag a double gold in the regional tournament after fueling the Filipina ballers' title romp in the 3x3 tournament with Afril Bernardino, Janine Pontejos, and Clare Castro last week.
The former UAAP MVP said she doesn't want a repeat of the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where they narrowly missed a podium finish due to an inferior quotient.
"This time, I can't use the reason that I'm the youngest in the team," she said. "I told myself that I'm not just here because I'm tall."
"I'll prove why I'm still here with the team. That's always been my mindset and I want to repay the trust they've given me." – Rappler.com