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Ex-UCLA Bruin Hayes pinalakas ang Perlas

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Palalakasin ni former UCLA Bruin Kelli Hayes ang kampanya ng Perlas Pilipinas sakaling tuluyang mapabilang sa final lineup sa darating na 30th Southeast Asian Games sa Nov. 30-Dec. 11.

“Sabi ko nga, it’s not just basketball, it’s the things she’s going to bring to the team – the experience, mental toughness, and the level of competition will go higher. With her coming in, there’ll be a huge focus on how she plays, and ginagaya siya ng mga locals natin,” litanya ni coach Patrick Hnery Aquino sa Fil-Am recruit.

Nakasama ng Perlas si Hayes sa tuneup game nitong Lunes laban sa Hungary-based University of Physical Education sa Aero Center Gym sa Quezon City saan nakaungos ang host squad sa visiting team.

“I was a little bit nervous because of the language barrier. I can only understand konti (Tagalog), but they’re really nice people. They’ve accepted me and they’ve been great teammates so far,” kwento ni Hayes.

“I’m just going to be the best version of myself by being a great teammate, and I’m just going to be a great energy guy and a good leader for this team.” panapos ng 23-year-old cagebelle. (Janiel Abby Toralba)