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The beauty of finally having a professional women’s basketball league in the country means giving post-college opportunities to countless players.
For former De La Salle Lady Archers Camille Claro and Khate Castillo, it means the continuation of the “Splash Sisters” saga on the hard court.
For those unacquainted, the backcourt tandem starred for La Salle together for several seasons in the UAAP women’s basketball tournament during the 2010s.
Both getting drafted by the Glutagence Glow Boosters in the recent WNBL-Pilipinas draft, the point guard-shooting guard duo is ready to add more pages to their partnership.
“Sinusundan ko yung next kung sino tatawagin. Lagi ako nag wi-wish na sana magkakampi kami ni Khate dahil matagal na kami magkasama,” said Claro, who is often known for her nifty playmaking and no-look passes.
“Iba yung chemistry namin sa loob ng court and kahit sa labas. Super happy ko na teammate kami (ulit).”
Castillo, also part of the 2019 SEA Games gold medal-winning Gilas Pilipinas women’s team, echoed her long-time teammate’s sentiments.
“Mas okay pag mag kakampi kami,” the sharpshooter said. Castillo also played briefly for the Paranaque Lady Aces.
Together, Claro and Castillo carried La Salle to several UAAP Final Four appearances.
They earned the monicker “Splash Sisters” around 2016, being compared as the women’s basketball counterpart to Golden State’s Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, who were dubbed the “Splash Bros.”
And it will definitely be a boost for Glutagence to have the combo guards at helm, as head coach Justin Tan will look for a free-wheeling, small-ball offense.
“We are fortunate naabutan pa namin ang splash sisters. Malalim yung pool. Marami talagang talent,” said Tan.
“Personally, I like coaching small ball. Run and gun, free-flowing offense. Shooters. Kailangan madepensa. Yun ang tatrabahuhin namin and yun ang nakita ko sa draftees. Thats our strategy for the season.”