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Gilas Women salvage bronze in Fiba Asia U18 after missing out on promotion

/ 06:09 PM September 11, 2022

Gilas Women U18 team celebrates third place finish in the Fiba U-18 Women’s Asian Championship.

Gilas Women U18 team celebrates third place finish in the Fiba U-18 Women’s Asian Championship. –FIBA BASKETBALL

MANILA, Philippines–The Philippines used a feisty third quarter to pick apart Samoa, 84-68, on Sunday to end its Fiba U18 Women’s Asian Championship on a winning note.

Fresh from a heartbreaking overtime loss to Malaysia the night before, the Gilas Pilipinas women’s youth team salvaged a bronze medal in India after venting their ire and repeating over the Samoans, outscoring the opposition 28-8 in the third frame.

Starring for the Filipinos in the duel at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium is program newcomer Sumayah Sugapong who was spectacular on both ends of the court.

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The 16-year-old UC San Diego commit finished with 27 points, six rebounds, and two assists that came with nine cutthroat steals.

Louna Ozar, also a new face for the Pat Aquino-coached crew, finished with 15 to go with mainstay Kristan Yumul’s 14.

Though the Philippines missed out on the grandest prize—which is tabbing a promotion back to the powerhouse-laden Division A—the Nationals still managed to get a measure of revenge.

It could be recalled that Samoa denied the Philippines, 88-73, in the semifinals of the U16 showcase in Jordan last June, on the way to emerging as the champion of the tournament.

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The two nations’ group phase meeting this tournament saw the Philippines take home a 66-59 victory with Sugapong also leading the way with 28 points.

Ashley Loon had 11 points for Gilas, while Kate Bobadilla tossed in 10 more in the victory.

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Meanwhile, Malia Rudd finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds for Samoa in the losing effort.

Kira-May Filemu, who was part of that U16 crew that frustrated Gilas two months ago, had 13 points. Leina-Nila Talase Leiataatimu chipped in 10 more.

The scores:

Philippines 84 – Sugapong 27, Ozar 15, Yumul 14, Loon 11, Bobadilla 10, Nolasco 7, Heyn 0, Calvert 0, Udal 0, Villarin 0.

Samoa 68 – Ruud 30, Filemu 13, Leiataatimu 10, Tauiliili 6, A. Manumaleuga 5, Finau-Stephano 2, Brown 2, Foa’i-Auimatagi 0.

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Quarterscores: 13-17; 31-41; 59-49; 84-68.

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