Perlas Pilipinas leaned on a strong second quarter performance as it clobbered North Korea, 78-63, to finish on seventh place and retain its Division A status in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Women’s Cup 2017 on Saturday at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bengaluru, India.
Firing on all cylinders, the women’s national basketball team heavily outscored North Korea in the second period, 29-10, en route to nailing its first win in the tournament and solidifying its place in the elite division.
Allana Lim paced the Philippines with 16 points, four rebounds and an assist while Analyn Almazan added 13 points and five boards.
Aside from the field goal percentage, the Filipina cagebelles also outhustled the Koreans in collecting rebounds, 41-32.
Mi Hyang Kim finished with a game-high 20 points for North Korea, which dropped all its games in the regional tilt.
Jack Danielle Animam drained two free throws to cap an early 7-2 run as the PH 5 ended the opening quarter with an 18-13 lead.
Perlas build a 24-point cushion, 47-23, at halftime and the Philippines never relinquished its advantage for the rest of the contest.
Meanwhile, Japan successfully defended its crown with a thrilling 74-74 win over Australia.
JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA