Perlas Pilipinas bows down to Indonesia

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 12, 2015 03:02 PM
Perlas Pilipinas bows down to Indonesia
"I don’t know, think we just had a bad day, our worst game in the last three months." - Perlas Pilipinas coach Patrick Aquino.

SINGAPORE Indonesia shattered the national women’s basketball team’s golden dream by fashioning a come-from-behind 61-56 triumph on Friday in the 28th Singapore Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament at the OCBC Arena here.

After a hot start, things just went downhill for the erratic Filiipina basketeers, who needed to beat the Indonesians and host Singapore on Monday to finally capture their first ever gold medal in the regional sportsfest.

With their second loss in four games, the Nationals are not even sure of going home with a medal of any kind, depending on how the rest of the matches play out the next two days.

Marlina Herawan proved to be the thorn on the Nationals’ side, sinking four clutch free throws in the last 30 seconds in rallying Indonesia to its third win in four outings in the six-team, single round series.

"I don’t know, think we just had a bad day, our worst game in the last three months," said coach Patrick Aquino. "But I won’t take anything against my girls because they did really play hard."

Aquino added that playing straight for the last four days must have taken its on his charges.

"We had a tough game against Thailand, then had to beat Vietnam comprehensively, followed by that hard game against Malaysia," he noted. "Baka napagod sa mga sunod-sunod na laban. Marami na rin sa kanila ang may iniinda."

If Filipinas, indeed, were feeling any aches and pains, it hardly showed in the first quarter as they erected a 21-9 spread and appeared headed for a breezy win.

But the Indons refused to give up without a fight, turning the tables on their rivals in the second period where they outscored the Pinays, 18-8, to narrow the deficit to 27-29 at the break.

Then everything went awry for the Aquino’s charges in the third quarter, missing easy lay-ups and makeable shots, as their foes, behind irrepressible center Sophia Gabriel, took command and led 46-38 entering the pivotal fourth period.

The Philippines finally sprang back to life, going on a 12-0 tear opening the final period to deadlock the score at 46-46, on the free throws of Analyn Almazan with 8:35 to go.

But the Indons countered with a 5-0 mini run of their own triggered by Yuni Angraini’s triple with to regain the upperhand at 51-46.

The Nationals had their last taste of the lead at 56-55 on Afril Bernardino’s drive, 1:34 ticks left, only to see it all go for naught as they fell into a series of errors that enabled the Indonesians to escape with the win.

Pointguard Raiza Rose Palmera led the Philippines with 12 points, Bernardino and had 11 while Almazan, Allana May Lim and Shelley Anne Gupilan chipped in with seven points apiece in the losing stand.

Nathasha Christialine paced Indonesia with 19 points, Sophia had 18 points on top of 17 boards while Herawan had 14 points, including six-of-six from the charity stripe.

Indonesia made its living from the free throw line, missing only one out its 18 free throws and had lesser turnovers (17-19).

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