FIBA Asia Women’s Cup: Perlas struggles in quarterfinals loss to China

Perlas Pilipinas 43 – China 117

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Perlas Pilipinas played their worst game of the 2017 FIBA Asia Women’s Cup in India, succumbing to mighty China, 117-43 in the quarter-finals of the tournament on Thursday.

The Philippines were deflated from the opening tip and were overwhelmed by the Chinese side’s size and defense.

China took a 61-15 halftime lead, holding Perlas down to an atrocious 11 percent shooting from the field in the first two quarters. Perlas missed all of their nine three-point tries, and dished out only two assists.

“They are really big they pound us inside and never had a groove from the start of the game,” Perlas head coach Pat Aquino said.

China scored 72 points in the paint and had 61 rebounds.

Perlas showed signs of life in the third period, scoring 16 points, although it was already too late before they gained rhythm.

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“I just told the girls that it’s pride and honor being here so you don’t have to stop playing even though we are outmatched. (We have to) show them we can play against them. So a lot of improvements in the second half,” Aquino said.

Afril Bernardino and Camille Sambile led the Philippines with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Philippines shot their worst from the field, making only 23.5 percent of their attempts. Janine Pontejos and Andrea Tongco hit the only two triples Perlas made in the contest.

China sat out Olympians Sun Mengran and Chen Xiaojia in the win. Li Yeuru led five double-digit scorers with 17 points while Huang Sijing added 15 markers.

Perlas plays Chinese Taipei in the 5th-8th classification phase tomorrow. On paper, the Philippines has a fighting chance against Taipei, and Aquino doesn’t want to waste an opportune time to recover from a bad game.

“We’re watching their games and told the girls that we can match with them cause they are not as tall China and Australia but very aggressive and wanting to win every game,” Aquino said. We just have to keep stride and play good defense for 40 minutes.”

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Photos from FIBA.com

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