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Philippines starts SEA Games Women’s basketball campaign with gutsy win over Indonesia

by Niel Victor Masoy, December 05, 2019 7:44pm

Gilas Pilipinas Women’s team downed Indonesia to begin its Southeast Asian Games basketball tournament campaign with a gutsy 63-56 win on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Janine Pontejos led the Philippines with 16 points, including the last four made free throws that gave the Filipinas enough cushion to hold on for the win. The 27-year-old phenom also put up five steals, three rebounds, and two assists in the victory.

Jack Animam also came through, battling hard down low to grab 12 rebounds on top of four blocks, two steals, and nine points, including the inside incursion that put Gilas up by eight points, 59-51, at the 2:49 mark.

Kelly Hayes chipped in 12 points and two rebounds as the Philippines beat Indonesia for the first time in four years.

"I'm just happy and thankful that we past Indonesia. For the last two SEA Games, they were the team that tormented us," said Gilas head coach Pat Aquino post-game.

Despite a nip-and-tuck battle against the Filipinas, the Indonesians were obviously in control of the first half as they led by three points, 34-31, after the first two quarters.

Indonesia padded such lead to seven points, 38-31, at the 8:49 mark of the third quarter. However, the Philippines slowly chipped into the lead and ended up leading by two points, 47-45, at the end of the third period.

An 8-2 run built around a Hayes inside incursion, Animam's back-to-back baskets in the paint, and a Pontejos breakaway layup then gave Gilas an eight-point, 55-47 buffer with 6:25 left in the ball game.

Animan and Pontejos then hit timely baskets and free throws, respectively, to preserve such advantage as the Filipinas came out triumphant in the contest.

Yuni Anggraeni put up 16 points, six rebounds, and three steals as Gabriel Sophia cashed in eight points, 10 caroms, three blocks, and three steals. 

Henny Sutjiono unloaded 10 markers, seven boards, four assists, and four steals as Indonesia dropped its first assignment in the competition.

 

The scores:

Philippines 63 - Pontejos 16, Hayes 13, Animam 9, Bernardino 7, Nabalan 7, Castillo 6, Jose 4, Prado 2, Cabinbin 0, Tongco 0, Castro 0.

Indonesia 56 - Anggraeni 16, Sutjiono 10, Dewi 8, Sophia 8, Ayuningrum 7, Antonio 4, Retong 3, Kahol 0, Lovita 0, Wongsohardjo 0. 

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