Daily Tribune (Philippines)

Cainglet tops WNBL draft

- BY BEA MICALLER @tribunephl_bea

Fille Claudine Cainglet was selected by Glutagence to emerge as top overall pick in the first-ever draft of the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL).

Older sister of volleyball star Fille Cainglet-Cayetano, Cainglet said her selection wasn’t only her success, but also a victory for women’s players and Philippine basketball in general.

“Actually, I was at the operating room when I learned that I was taken first in the WNBL draft. I’m grateful beyond words to be here,” said the 32-year-old cager, who is studying to become an orthopedic surgeon.

“I think the league — the first profession­al basketball league in the Philippine­s for women ballers — is one giant step.”

Cainglet knows the task will not be easy. Aside from running the plays of Glutagence, she also has a massive responsibi­lity at the orthopedic surgery section of the East Avenue Medical Center, where she is needed practicall­y the entire day.

“During the duty, we do patient rounds and we also have surgery as well as emergency situations,” she said during the press briefing late Thursday.

“But I think I will be able to fit the schedule like a student-athlete life. With good time management, we’ll be able to move things around.”

Aside from a stint for University of the Philippine­s during her collegiate years from 2006 to 2011, Cainglet didn’t get to play profession­ally.

She said she is thankful to the WNBL for turning her dream of playing in the profession­al level come true.

“It’s also a testament that there are great women basketball players in the country. We truly deserve a spot in the Philippine sports industry.”

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