The Philippine women’s basketball team turned back Indonesia, 55-45, on Sunday to stay in medal contention in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar.
After a close fight in the first three quarters, the Filipinos unleashed a 12-0 blast in the fourth to pull away to their second victory in three matches.
Six-foot-two Cassy Tioseco, a former Ateneo de Manila University, paced the Philippines with 12 points and as many rebounds, and Camille Sambile added 11 points.
The Filipinos had a tough loss last Tuesday against Thailand, which remained unbeaten and appeared headed to a gold medal finish. The best the Philippines could hope for is a silver.
Philippines and Indonesia were tied up at 15-all in the end of first quarter before the Filipinos tightened up their defense and established a 32-27 edge at halftime.
The Filipinos held a slim lead going into the fourth period before Sambile and Tioseco combined for the decisive run.
Yuni Anggraeni led Indonesia with 20 points.
The Philippines take on host Myanmar in its last assignment this week.
JOSEF T. RAMOS