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Joson second Filipino after Animam in Aussie league

April 10 ------ Jack Danielle Animam’s latest overseas gig is in Australia, where she will soon be joined there by another Gilas Pilipinas fixture in Jhazmin Joson. And their stints there will, without a doubt, bolster the national basketball program as it forges ahead. “The involvement of Jack and Jhaz can inspire young athletes and potentially attract more attention to women’s basketball in the country,” national coach Pat Aquino told the Inquirer on Sunday, shortly after helping oversee a Gilas girls tryout in Davao. “Their stints there will contribute to the growth and development (of the program),” he went on.

Animam, who has played in Serbia, France and China, has signed with the NBL1 club Ringwood Hawks. She has since debuted for the squad, turning in a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds in an 83-55 rout of Kilsyth Cobras. Days later, Joson also turned pro, her path leading to the Goldfields Giants that compete in the Western Conference of the Aussie league.


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