Perlas defeats Singapore, but fails to earn medal

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 15, 2015 06:13 PM
Perlas defeats Singapore, but fails to earn medal
The Philippines finished with three wins and two losses in women's basketball during the 28th Southeast Asian Games.

SINGAPORE The Philippines defeated Singapore, 82-72, on Monday but failed to get a medal at the close of the 28th Singapore Southeast Asian Games women’s basketball tournament at the OCBC Arena.

The Filipina cagers, who dropped a heartbreaking 56-61 decision to Indonesia last Friday, finished the five-team, single-round series with a record of three wins and two losses.

Malaysia, which beat Vietnam, 82-50, in the other game yesterday, took the gold medal while Indonesia settled for the silver, and Thailand the bronze.

Both the Malaysians and Indonesians finished the tournament with identical 4-1 records, but the former took the championship after they beat the latter, 70-45, last June 9.

Although both with the same 3-2 slates, the Thais took the bronze after beating the Filipinas, 62-57, six days ago.

The Nationals failed to gain a podium finish for the first time after bagging a silver medal each in the 2011 Indonesia and 2013 Myanmar editions of the sportsfest

"We’re going home with some pride, but going back to the drawing board," said businessman Dioceldo Sy, the team’s benefactor, after the match. "We hope to have a massive recruitment program after this."

Annalyn Almazan and Allana May Lim shared scoring honors with 17 points each while Merenciana Arayi, a veteran of the previous PH SEAG quintets, added 16.

Shuwen Shery Poon paced the hosts with 17 points while Yukie Yoshida and Jia Min Lim chipped in with 16 and 10, respectively.

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