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Gilas Pilipinas women remained winless in the 2021 FIBA Women’s Asia Cup Division A after faltering to Chinese Taipei, 93-52 on Thursday (Manila time) at the Prince Hamza Sport Hall in Amman, Jordan.
The Philippines figured in its most competitive duel entering the game, as expected, against a fellow 0-2 team but was outplayed as the game progressed. Chinese Taipei went on a 31-11 third quarter to pull away with a lopsided victory.
Lin Wen-Yu top-scored with 19 points and added four rebounds. Liu Hsi-Yeh contributed 13 points. The two combined for nine of Taipei’s 15 made triples. In contrast, the Philippines had a measly two treys in 14 tries.
Gilas’ opponents moved the ball better, making 33 assists. They also locked up the Philippines defensively, forcing 25 turnovers.
Gilas managed to hang within two points early on, 17-15, even after Clare Castro picked up two early fouls.
However, Taipei’s outside shooting clicked, allowing them to go on a 16-1 run bridging the first two frames to go on a considerable lead at 33-16.
Afril Bernardino churned out a performance for the ages, finishing with 24 points on 8/12 shooting, 14 boards, three assists, two steals, and a block. Castro chipped in 14 markers and six rebounds, but no other Gilas player scored more than five points.
At the very least, Taipei only out-rebounded their counterparts, 39-37.
The Philippines will play India in the 7th-8th classification game on Thursday night (Jordan time), needing to win to ensure they maintain Division A status and avoid relegation to Division B.