PH girl dribblers stun Thais

SINGAPORE – Taking advantage of their opponents' tired legs, Philippines girls basketball team orchestrated a convincing performance in the payoff period to stun defending champion Thailand, 77-75, in the ongoing 9th ASEAN Schools Games at the Tampines Sports Hub here.
 
Cager Kristine C. Cayabyab sealed Team Philippines’ victory with a key steal in the dying seconds of the game. Cayabyab also added 10 points, six of which came in the fourth. 
 
Thailand also suffered a major blow on the offensive end after sharpshooting center Thunchanok Lumdappang got called for her fifth foul which forced her to watch the remainder of the game on the sidelines.
 
The absence of Lumdappang, an experienced player for having competed in several editions of the FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship for Women, proved to be the difference as the Thais truggled to find another offensive threat on the court.
 
Guards Caila Galamiton and Gypsy Mae Canuto’s savvy ball handling were on full display all game long and spoiled the full court press applied by Thailand. 
 
Forward Karl Ann Pingol of Philippines also made 14 markers, including three rainbow conversions.
 
Meanwhile, Thailand thrashed Philippines in the boys basketball event on Monday afternoon, 64-53.
 
Over at the Bishan Sports Hall, Justine Ace de Leon of Philippines claimed the gold medal in the vault finals with a score of 13.600. He bested Lincoln Forest Liqht Man of Singapore (12.900) and Thar Aung Htet of Myanmar (12.575).
 
Man snatched the silver while Htet settled for bronze. (PSC PR)
 
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