Gilas routs Lebanon, salvages bronze in Fiba Asia Women’s U16 Division B
MANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas Women vented its ire on Lebanon, 90-68, to end its Fiba U16 Women’s Asian Championship Division B campaign with a bronze medal on Thursday at Prince Hamza Hall in Amman, Jordan.
Licking the wounds from their 73-88 defeat to Samoa in the semifinal on Wednesday, Gabby Ramos and Kristan Geyl Yumul showed the way for the women’s national youth team with 20 points each, anchoring their second half surge.
Natalie Panganiban was also instrumental with 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and a steal as they earned a decent podium finish despite missing the chance to getting promoted to Division A.
From only leading 44-37 at the half, the Gilas girls unleashed a 19-6 run in the last eight minutes of the third quarter to build a 20-point spread, 65-45, off Camille Nolasco’s bucket from her inbound steal at the 47-second mark.
Panganiban tallied the biggest lead, a 32-point margin, 81-49, with 6:25 left, and never looked back to end their stint with a blowout win over the Lebanese.
Yumul scored 12 of her 20 in the first half and shot 6-of-8 from deep to go with six assists, three steals, and two rebounds, while Ramos was efficient from the field with 9-of-15 shooting and had five boards and three steals.
Gilas finished its Division B with only one loss in the semis, which cost its promotion, after it swept three games in the group stage, including victories over finalists Syria and Samoa, who will clash for the lone ticket to Division A.
Angelina Maria Bado carried the cudgels of Lebanon with 19 points and five rebounds, while Nour Labban and Eliza Khoury added 12 and 11 markers, respectively.
PHILIPPINES 90 — Ramos 20, Yumul 20, Panganiban 16, Medina 8, Patricio 6, Fajardo 5, Nair 5, Elson 4, Nolasco 4, Lopez 2, Villarin 0, Oani 0.
LEBANON 68 — Bado 19, Labban 12, Khoury 11, Geara 7, Naassan 7, Mosleh 4, Rteil 4, Annan 2, Rizk 2, Agha 0, Hoteit 0.
Quarters: 20-22, 44-37, 66-48, 90-68.
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