With their hopes of winning the gold medal shattered just one day before, the Discovery Perlas Pilipinas squad salvaged some measure of pride by outlasting host Indonesia, 73-68, on Saturday in the women’s basketball tournament of the 26th Southeast Asian Games at the BritAma Arena here.
Merenciana Arayi bounced back with a strong game to lead the Filipinas in securing the silver medal.
The Filipinas’ accomplishment was an improvement from its previous placing four years ago in Thailand when the team won a bronze medal. The feat likewise temporarily erased the stigma of the painful 75-73 overtime loss they suffered against the Thais.
Arayi, the would-be hero in the previous game against eventual champions Thailand, committed a costly error that the Thais to score a game-tying basket with less than two seconds of regulation. Discovery Perlas Pilipinas would go on to lose by two and allow their opponents to clinch the gold medal.
“This is an improvement from our previous placing. I know we’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way and I’m sure we will get better the next time,” said Discovery Perlas coach Haydee Ong.
Arayi led the way with 14 points and four rebounds while Chovi Borja contributed 13. Joan Grajales chipped in 11 for the Filipinas, who trailed by 12 at the end of the first period, 23-11, before pouring it on in the next three quarters to pull off a win.
Philippines (73) – Arayi 14, Borja 13, Grajales 11, Jose 8, Almazan 7, Adriano 7, Jacob 6, Lomogda 3, Flormata 2, Limengco 0, Mercado 0.
Indonesia (68) – Ningrum 26, Kalumata 14, Ibo 9, Tsarine 7, Sophia 6, Sugianto 3, Clorissa 2, Wati 1, Adhipuspitasari 0, Christaline 0, Achmad 0.
Quarterscores: 11-23; 32-32; 55-48; 73-68.