Filipina cagers edge Malaysia for 1st win in SEA Games



Perlas ng Pilipinas outclassed Malaysia, 65-59, for its first win in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games women’s basketball on Monday at the Zayar Thri Indoor Stadium in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.


Merenciana Arayi scored 14 points while Analyn Almazan chipped in 12 as the Philippines joined Indonesia on top of the standings with 1-0 records. Indonesia mauled Myanmar, 104-39, last Sunday.


“This is a good win going to the Thailand game. They played together as we set out to do, our defense held and we were also able to break down their defense,” said head coach Haydee Ong.

The Philippines will be facing defending champion Thailand on Tuesday.


“Thailand has the style of Malaysia, which is drive-and-kick. So we’ve got to again tighten up on their drive-and-kick penetrations and use our quickness to full advantage,” Ong said.

In boxing, eight Filipinos are assured of bronze medals after reaching the semifinals.

They are 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist flyweight Rey Saludar, bantamweight Mario Fernandez, middleweight Wilfredo Lopez and light welterweight Dennis Galvan in the men’s division, and flyweight Maricris Igam, bantamweight Irish Magno, light flyweight Josie Gabuco and featherweight Nesthy Petecio in the women’s class.

Light flyweight Mark Barriga and lightweight Junel Cantancio, on the other hand, will need to hurdle their respective quarterfinal foes to advance to the medal round. Barriga takes on Hungh Ngoc Viet of Vietnam while Cantancio battles Keochi Xayyasane of Laos.

In wushu, Jessie Aligaga, Divine Wally, Evita Zamora and Dembert Arcita were scheduled to fight in their respective final matches on Monday night.

Aligaga tackles Dasmantua Simbolon of Indonesia, Zamora faces Thu Hoai Nguyen of Vietnam, Wally takes on Vietnamese Thi Chinh Nguyen, and Arcita meets Pithak Paokrathok of Thailand.

The men’s duilian team of Daniel Parantac, Norlence Catolico and John Keithley Chan, earlier got a silver medal.

Myanmar is still on top of the medal board with 11 golds, two silvers and three bronzes, followed by Indonesia (4-2-3), Malaysia (3-5-10), Thailand (2-4-1), Vietnam (2-3-2), Cambodia (0-2-4), Laos (0-2-4), Singapore (0-1-2) and the Philippines (0-1-0).




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