PH girls crush Indons, move a victory from gold

SINGAPORE--The Philippine girl dribblers' stifling defense propelled them to an easy 30 point rout over Indonesia, 78-48, Tuesday and moved a win away from clinching the gold in the gold in the 9th ASEAN Schools Games. 

Playing inspired ball at the Tampines Sports Hub, the girls enforced their will on defense, resulting to 13 turnovers, six of which came in the first quarter, which were translated to easy baskets.

Sharp-shooting guard Kent Jane Pastrana topscored with 20 markers, including three triples, but sat out in the final period after she banged knees with Indonesian player Sophia Adventa. 

Gypsy Mae Canuto also did not play in the last quarter after she suffered similar injury to Pastrana.

But, their absence did not factor as the game was already decided at the end of the third period.

The team, mentored by Angelina Fedillaga, got other contributions from other key players as Kristine Cayabyab and Karl Ann Pingol chipped in with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

With the win, the PH dribblers remained unbeaten after three games and a win over Singapore Wednesday will give them the gold medal.

Over at the Republic Polytechnic, the Philippines girls volleyball team suffered its first defeat, a close one at the hands of the Thailand in five sets, 26-15, 24-26, 22-25, 25-22, 14-16.

Towering spikers led by Ejiya Laure, Alleiah Malaluan, and Allysa Solomon carried the team on their backs during the fourth set, forcing a pivotal fifth set against the Thais.

While pressure mounting on the side of Thailand, the Regine Diego-mentored Philippines girls team took advantage as they secured a commanding 11-8 in the deciding set.

But, the girls succumbed to service errors and lapses on the defense as Thailand took seven of the next nine points to secure the victory.

The girls will play Indonesia in their next game. (PSC PR)