KUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas bowed to Malaysia, 60-56, on Thursday and fell out of gold medal contention in the 29th Southeast Asian Games women's basketball tournament at the MABA Stadium.
Perlas trailed by as many as 16 points but fought back to tie the game at 54-all, only to see the Malaysians escape with a couple of clutch shots in the endgame.
Perlas slipped to 3-2 (win-loss) just hours after beating Thailand, 67-65, on Wednesday night to keep its gold medal hopes alive.
Perlas trailed, 43-27, in the third quarter as Malaysia shot 50 percent from the field in the first half. But Ara Abaca capped a 13-2 Perlas run that tied the match at 54-all with 2:38 left in the ballgame.
That, however, turned out to be the last gasp for the Philippine squad as Malaysia held it to just two points the rest of the way.
Allana Lim, the hero in the Thailand game, had 17 points and six rebounds while Amby Almazan tallied 11 points for Perlas Pilipinas.
Chong Yin Yin had 12 points including the marginal baskets for Singapore.
Malaysia (60) - Chong 12, Yap 10, Pang 9, Low 8, Rajintiran 8, Ting 8, Saw 4, Yaakob 1.
Philippines (56) - Lim 17, Almazan 11, Bernardino 7, Cabinbin 7, Abaca 7, Dy 6, Resultay 1, Sambile 0, Animam 0, Castro 0, Pontejos 0, Tongco 0.
Quarterscores: 13-12, 34-23, 47-38, 60-56.