After dominating their first three opponents with a winning margin of 83 points, Perlas Pilipinas faced a stiffer challenge before warding off Indonesia’s challenge, 72-56, for its fourth straight win in as many games in the 9th SEABA Championship for Women Friday night in Malacca, Malaysia.
The Filipinas once again started like a house on fire, taking a 26-15 lead, which they never relinquished the rest of the game.
The Indonesians came to within 49-57, entering the payoff period. But the Filipinas tightened up their defensive screws to limit their foes to just seven points down the stretch.
Perlas Pilipinas forced Indonesia to commit 27 turnovers, which the national women’s team converted to 26 points. The Filipinas’ suffocating defense also held their opponents to a measly 23-of-64 shooting from the field.
Allana May Lim led Perlas Pilipinas’ attack with 24 points, on top of nine boards and two assists, while Cindy Resultay added 15 markers, four rebounds and three dimes.
Perlas Pilipinas will have its hands full Saturday as it faces host-nation and perennial contender Malaysia at 8 p.m.
Fanny Kalumata and Sumiati Sumiati paced Indonesia with 13 points apiece. – By John Bryan Ulanday
Philippines 72 – Lim 24, Resultay 15, Bernardino 8, Almazan 7, Dy 6, Sambile 4, Cabinbin 4, Animam 2, Tongco 2, Pontejos 0, Abaca 0,
Indonesia 56 – Sumiati 13, Kalumata 13, Ayuningrum 8, Soemaryo 6, Sophia 6, Dewi 5, Putri 3, Nugroho 0, Kusumasari 0, Kurniawan 0, Saputra 0