Perlas scores breakthrough win to stay in Division A

Paul Lintag on Jul 29, 2017 06:26 PM
Perlas scores breakthrough win to stay in Division A
The victory was crucial for Perlas as it was the team's first win in Division A. It also allowed the country to stay in the top-tier of Asian women's basketball after finishing in 7th place with a 1-5 record. (FIBA)

Perlas Pilipinas' first stint in the Division A of the FIBA-Asia women's Cup hasn't been all that great.

Stuck in a stacked group with defending champion Japan, the debuting Australians, and Asian powerhouse South Korea, Perlas just simply had a rude welcome in the premier Asian tournament for women.

Perlas even had an unfortunate draw in the quarterfinals, running into Asian no. 1 and world no. 10 China. That was another beating all on its own.

And after suffering another defeat at the hands of Taipei in the classification round, the Philippine national women's team saved its best performance for last, scoring a breakthrough 78-63 win over North Korea Saturday at the Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru, India.

The victory was crucial for Perlas as it was the team's first win in Division A. It also allowed the country to stay in the top-tier of Asian women's basketball after finishing in 7th place with a 1-5 record.

North Korea will be relegated to Division B.

After a close opening period, Perlas landed the haymaker in the second period, outscoring the North Koreans, 29-10, to take a 47-23 lead at the break.

The Philippines kept in step in the third quarter before simply holding on in the fourth for the win.

Allan Lim starred for Perlas, going for 16 points and four rebounds while three other players scored in double figures for coach Pat Aquino's crew.

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