The Philippine Women’s Team of Afril Bernardino, Janine Pontejos, Jack Animam and Gemma Miranda came out with more fight in the second day of the competition. They showed improvement after two losses in Day 1. But their efforts still came up short with tough losses to Spain (21-17) and Hungary (18-15).
Pontejos did everything she could to get the Team Philippines their first win in the competition. She exploded for 13 points against the Spaniards, knocking down five shots from beyond the arc for 10 points. Behind Pontejos’s barrange, the Philippines took a one-point lead with six minutes left in the game.
A key foul changed the complexion of the game for Team Philippines. Animan was whistled for a technical foul that put the Philippines in foul trouble. Spain took advantage as they sank the bonus and then swished a shot from outside to take the lead, 13-11. They took control of the game from that point on.
Looking to close out the tournament on a high note, the Philippines took the floor and put up a gallant stand against Hungary. Pontejos was still feeling it from the first game as she fired seven points against the Hungarian squad. The Philippine Team took a 10-6 lead and were in control until foul trouble doomed them again.
With the team in penalty, every foul counted for two free throws. That’s how the Hungarians took over the game. They repeatedly attacked the Philippine defense and went on an 8-1 run to take the lead. They held on to the lead until the end of the game.
Team Philippines finished the elimination round with a 0-4 record. They fail to advance to the next round after two days trying to get wins. Spain and Hungary are moving on to the next round in Pool D.
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