Perlas coach Pat Aquino rues SEA Games team played 'worst game' at worst possible time
Perlas Pilipinas coach Pat Aquino says fatigue may have caught up with the team. Reuben Terrado

SINGAPORE - Head coach Patrick Aquino said Perlas Pilipinas' sorry loss to Indonesia was its ‘worst game’ over the past three months, dimming the women’s basketball team’s chances of winning a gold in the Southeast Asian Games.

The Filipinas fell to the Indons, 61-56, at the OCBC Arena on Independence Day, just a day after getting a big break when Malaysia stunned defending champion Thailand to propel Perlas to the top of the standings on a superior quotient.

“We just had a bad day. It’s our worst game in the last three months,” said a forlorn Aquino.

The game saw the Philippines taking a 21-9 lead only to trail 46-38 at the end of the third quarter, leading Aquino to surmise that fatigue took its toll on the girls after playing their fourth straight game in as many days.

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The Philippines dropped to an even 2-2 record, while Indonesia took the lead in the team standings with a 3-1 slate. Malaysia and Thailand are tied for second on 2-1 marks.

“Baka napagod na sa sunud-sunod na laban. Marami na rin sa kanila, may iniinda,” said Aquino.

Now, the Filipinas’ fate is no longer in their hands ahead of their final game against Singapore on Monday.

"We'll try to finish the tournament strong," Aquino said.

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