Perlas Pilipinas dominates Sri Lanka for second straight FIBA Asia win
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine women’s basketball team won their second straight match, dominating Sri Lanka, 65-45, in Group B of the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship in Wuhan, China on Monday, August 31.
Perlas Pilipinas, which topped North Korea in a game that went down to the wire on Sunday after losing to Malaysia in the tournament opener, capitalized on the 32 turnovers of Sri Lanka (compared to just 14 of their own) in the blowout victory.
Sri Lanka, which is now 0-2, is ranked 4 spots higher by FIBA than the 58th ranked Perlas Pilipinas.
National University Lady Bulldogs forward Shelley Gupilan topscored for the Philippines with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range, while former UAAP MVP Merenciana Arayi contributed 9 points and 6 steals. Kumarine Silva was Sri Lanka’s best performer with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Despite the win the Philippines continues to struggle from the field, having shot just 21.8% from 2-point range against Sri Lanka, which shot 32.7% from inside the line. The Philippines shot a higher percentage from three-point range, registering a 30.4% mark compared to 17.6% for Sri Lanka.
The Philippines now holds a lead - however briefly - in Group B action with 5 points as the 2-0 Kazakhstan is set to play North Korea later today in its third game. The Philippines plays Hong Kong next on Tuesday at 11 am. – Rappler.com