In a shocking turn of event today, Malaysia, which was beaten by Thailand in day 2, defeated Discovery Perlas ng Pilippinas, 60-56, in the Level II preliminary round of 25th FIBA Asia Women’s Championship Wednesday morning at the Bangkok Youth Center, Bangkok, Thailand.
The Philippine women’s basketball team looked like they were in for another win as they overpowered the Malaysians in the first and second quarters of the game.
But in a sudden turn of event in the third quarter, Philippines was not able to sustain its strong start as it squandered a 15-3 lead before getting outscored, 5-17, in the third period, with the Malaysian leading 49-36.
In the fourth quarter, Perlas ng Pilipinas fought nail and tooth.
After Malaysia got a three-pointer to fall, the Philippines then scored six unanswered points on baskets from Melissa Jacob and Merenciana Arayi and free throws from Arayi and Chovi Borja.
Philippines then trailed by just two points, 55-57, with 50 seconds to play but Malaysia’s Shin Ming Yong kept them at a safe distance with a basket that made it 59-55.
But the nobody could stop the hot-shooting Malaysian team as they close the game with 60-56 scoreline.
Melissa Jacob led the Filipinas with 17 points while center Analyn Almazan finished with 16.
With the defeat against the Malaysian team, Philippines now ranks 2nd in Level II competition with 7 points and 1.169 GA.
Malaysia tops the Level II competition, also with 7 points but with 1.232 GA.
Thailand which beat Indonesia today, 75-61, is a close third, also with 7 points and 1.139 GA.
Tomorrow noon, Discovery Perlas ng Pilipinas will play their last game in the preliminary round against Indonesia in a must win gam and a bigger margin win in order to place in the top two of Level II, and have a chance to play in the play-off for a place in the Level I in the next Asian Championships.