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Perlas rallies to stun DPR Korea, keep hopes alive for Level I promotion



Blackwater-Perlas Pilipinas rallied from 16 points down using a sterling fourth quarter rally to shock DPR Korea, 68-67 and get on the winning column of the 2015 FIBA Asia Women’s Championship Level II Sunday in Wuhan, China.

Down 65-62 in the final 1:19, Cindy Resultay nailed back to back and-one plays to push the Philippines ahead, 68-66 under the final 40 seconds.

The second of two crucial three-point plays came after Mi Gyong Jang sank two free throws that gave a 66-65 lead to North Korea momentarily.

In the ensuing play, Allana Lim missed a layup although Resultay got the offensive rebound and the put back before sinking the bonus to make it 68-66 for the nationals.

Jang then scored a split from the foul line to cut the deficit down to 68-67 before an Afril Bernardino miss gave North Korea one last crack at stealing the win.

However, Jang turned the ball over with only seven seconds left while the Philippines wasted time away to complete the miraculous comeback.

Resultay and Lim both scored 14 points, and also combined for 15 rebounds. Bernardino added 11 points and 9 boards.

The Philippines shot relatively better from the field today at 35.6 percent and also made 13 of their 17 foul shots. The team outscored their opponents 24-15 in the fourth quarter.

North Korea took a 32-16 lead in the second quarter after triples by Hyang Ok Kim and Hyang Jong Pak torched Perlas.

But Lim steered the Philippines back as the squad closed the first half on a 14-3 run to make it a manageable deficit. North Korea nailed 7 triples in the first half and took a 35-30 lead.

Perlas was still trailing 51-58 in the final period before a triple by Resultay and back to back baskets by Camille Sambile made it 62 apiece.

Pak converted on a trey that made it 65-62 for North Korea before Resultay took over in the end.

Son Ok Ro led North Korea with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Pak added 19.

The Scores:

Philippines (68) – Lim 14, Resultay 14, Bernardino 11, Dy 11, Sambile 8, Tongco 4, Animam 2, Arayi 2, Borja 2, Miranda 0, Roman 0

DPR Korea (67) – S. Ro 21, Pak 19, H. Kim 12, Sin 9, Jang 6, Lim 0, Ro 0, Pak 0

Quarters: 7-16, 30-35, 44-52, 68-67.

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