Perlas Pilipinas defeats Malaysia to take top spot in SEA Games women’s basketball standings
The Philippine women's basketball team comes up with back-to-back wins to move up the leaderboard. Photo from Allana Lim's facebook page

SINGAPORE — Perlas Pilipinas boosted its gold medal chances on Thursday after beating Malaysia, 74-63, its second win in the 28th Southeast Asian Games women’s basketball competition at the OCBC Arena.

Allana Lim had 20 points and 13 rebounds, while team captain Ewon Arayi and Cindy Resultay chipped in 15 points each for Perlas, who suddenly took the lead in the race for the gold medal in the women’s basketball competition.

Perlas Pilipinas’ chances of winning the gold improved when Malaysia thumped Thailand, 65-56, on Wednesday. Thailand won over the Philippines, 62-57, in the opener on Tuesday.

By winning by 11 points over Malaysia, the Philippines only need to win its two remaining matches against Indonesia and Singapore to claim the title. That is due to a superior quotient over Thailand and Malaysia if they ended up in a three-way tie in first place.

The Philippines pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring Malaysia, 23-14, to get the much-needed gap for the tiebreaker.

The scores:

Philippines (74)—Lim 20, Arayi 15, Resultay 15, Bernardino 10, Almazan 6, Sambile 5, Castro 2, Palmera 1, Gupilan 0, Bernardo 0, Jose 0.

Malaysia (63)—Rajintiran 12, Yaakob 11, Ting 10, Low 9, Wong 8, Yap 5, Pang 4, Choo 3, Saw 1, Ng 0.

Quarterscores: 13-18; 30-30; 51-49; 74-63.


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