Discovery Perlas ng Pilipinas pulled-off a victorious run in the final three minutes of the last quarter the game to beat Uzbekistan, 62-55, in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship for Women Monday afternoon in Bangkok Youth Center, Bangkok, Thailand.
Philippines took advantage of Uzbekistan’s slow start to finish the first quarter with 23-12 score. But Uzbekistan fought harder in the second and third quarters to even the match at 53 points each.
Determined to register another win, Philippine women’s basketball team was all pumped-up in the final three minutes to take the last quarter 19-13, beating Uzbekistan 62-55 in their second match of the championship.
Skipper Joan Grajales collected 13 points, 3 assists and 3 steals to offset her five turnovers for the Discovery Perlas ng Pilipinas.
Philippines along with Thailand remain unbeaten in the second day of the championship.
Thailand defeated Malaysia, 60-56; while Indonesia which was defeated by Malaysia yesterday, beat Hong Kong 79-45.
Discovery Perlas ng Pilipinas now tops the Level II ranking in day 2 with 4 points and 1.330 GA, followed by Thailand with 4 points and 1.237 GA.
Malaysia and Indonesia take the 3rd and 4th spots with 3 points each with 1.248 GA and 1.208 GA respectively.
Win-less Uzbekistan and Hong Kong takes the 5th and 6th place.
In the Level I competition of the tournament, top seed China beat Kazakhstan, 103-62, while Japan beat Chinese Taipei, 69–57.
Second seed Korea, which registered an upset win over China yesterday, defeated India 109-62.
Undefeated Japan and Korea now tops the leaderboard in the Level I competition, China and Chinese Taipei came third and fourth; while win-less Kazakhstan and India are the bottom two.
Top three winners in the Level I competition will qualify at the FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey next year.
Top two winners in the Level II competition will secure a play-off games against against the fifth and sixth placers in higher Level I and improve its rank and have the chance to move to Level I competition next Asian Championship.