MALACCA, MALAYSIA - Payback time for Perlas Pilipinas.
The Filipinas beat Indonesia, 72-56, in the Seaba Women's Championship at the Bukit Serindit Indoor Stadium on Friday night to settle an old score against the team that beat them in last year's Southeast Asian Game.
Allana Lim finished with a near double-double of 24 points and nine rebounds while Cindy Resultay contributed 15 to lead the Filipinas to the morale-boosting win ahead of their virtual championship showdown with Malaysia.
"They have this belief that they won against us in the SEA Games and they can beat us again. But we came prepared also. But it's payback time. We had the chance to win the gold, but we lost to Indonesia," said Perlas coach Pat Aquino.
Indonesia played its best game of the tournament against the Philippine but couldn't come no closer than eight points, 51-43, in the third period.
But baskets from Lim and a split from the free-throw line from Ambi Almazan pushed Perlas' lead back to 15, 68-53, with 4:11 left, all securing the Filipinas' fourth successive win.
The Philippines plays Malaysia in a make-or-break game on Saturday, with the Filipinas looking to win the gold medal for the first time in six years.
Overall, the Philippines out rebounded Indonesia, 56-37.