After three straight wins, Discovery Perlas ng Pilipinas suffered two straight defeats at the hands of Malaysians yesterday, and against Indonesia today, 60-54, to end their campaign with 8 points (3 wins and 2 losses) and 1.113 GA, enough to only rank 4th among 6 team countries in Level II competition of the 25th FIBA Asia Championship for Women in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Philippine women’s basketball team fought back from a 16-point deficit to get to as close as three points in the final minute of the game, but the Indonesians proved steady from the free throw line to stave off the comebacking Filipinas.
Topping the Level II competition is Malaysia which beat Uzbekistan today, 63-41, with 9 points (4 wins and 1 loss) and 1.389 GA.
Second is Thailand which was victorious over Hong Kong, 70-59, also with 9 points (4 wins and 1 loss) and 1.283 GA.
With Indonesia’s 60-54 win over Philippines, they end their campaign ranked 3rd with 8 points and 1.179 GA, compared to Philippines 8 points and 1.113 GA.
Indonesia’s win over Philippines may also shatter Discovery Perlas ng Pilipinas participation in this year’s SEA Games in Myanmar.
Thailand and Malaysia advance to the play-off round against India and Kazhakstan for a place in Level I in the next FINA Asia Championships.
In Level I competition, Japan scored an upset over China, 62-55, to clinch the top spot with 10 points; 5 straight wins; while China now seeded 2nd off to the semifinal round with 8 points and 1.390 GA.
Chinese Taipei also scored an upset win today over 2nd seed Korea, 63-58.
Korea and Chinese Taipei now ranks 3rd and 4th respectively, both with 8 points and 1.223 / 1.090 GAs.
Japan will face Chinese Taipei in the semifinal round on Saturday, while China faces Korea.