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Perlas nudges Indonesia, marks fourth straight W

In their toughest game so far, Perlas Pilipinas displayed team-wide character as they shrugged off a gutsy Indonesia, 72-56, to keep their hold of the top seed in the 2016 SEABA Championship for Women, Friday night in Malacca, Malaysia.

Guard Allana Lim scorched hot for Perlas, flirting with a double-double with 24 points on 11-of-22 shooting and 9 rebounds. Cindy Resultay supplied 15 markers, highlighted by two triples.

Perlas used their shooting from the perimeter to unleash a 9-0 start in the opening frame. The Indonesians closed in by seven, 14-7, but Perlas kept the Indons away through an 8-2 run sparked by Resultay to post a 13-point lead, 22-9. Indonesia outscored Philippines, 6-4, to wrap up the frame, but Perlas managed to hold a 26-15 lead heading into the next quarter.

Indonesia made it a nine-point game, 26-17, in the opening sequence of the second quarter, but that prove to be the closest they would get, as Perlas’ offense started to click once more towards a 15-point lead, 34-19, with 4:04 on the clock. The Indonesians kept coming back, but could not get within a single digit, as Perlas closed the first half with a 13-point advantage, 41-28.

The third quarter saw Indonesia click on both ends of the floor. With 17 points, 44-28, early in the frame, the Indonesians relied on their inside game to outscore the Philippines, 20-11, capped by a triple to finally inch within a single digit, 55-48, in the 2:05 mark. The quarter ended still in Perlas’ favor, but in a much closer affair, 57-49.

Sensing that an Indonesia comeback was threatening, Perlas, with Afril Bernardino hitting much-needed baskets, pulled away in the final ten minutes, re-establishing a double-digit advantage, 63-49, early. From there, Perlas kept Indonesia at bay to secure the victory, 72-56, and their hold of the top spot.

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Sumiati Sumiati and Fanny Kalumata paced Indonesia with 13 points apiece.

The Philippines only converted 35.7 per cent of their shots, 30 to 84, on the floor. However, they out-rebounded the Indons, 56 to 37, and produced more assists, 15 to 7.

Perlas (4-0) will face Malaysia (3-0) tomorrow (Saturday, September 24), at 8:00 PM, in a battle of undefeated squads.

The Scores:

Philippines (72) – Lim 24, Resultay 15, Bernardino 8, Almazan 7, Dy 6, Cabinbin 4, Sambile 4, Animam 2, Tongco 2, Gupilan 0, Abaca 0, Pontejos 0.

Indonesia (56) – Sumiati 13, Kalumata 13, Ayuningrum 8, Soemaryono 6, Sophia 6, Dewi 5, Putri 3, Humardani 2, Saputra 0, Nugroho 0, Kusumasari 0, Kurniawan 0.

Quarterscores: 26-15, 41-28, 57-49, 72-56.

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