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Pinay cagers near ASEAN Schools Games gold

Spikers bow to Thais

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RP cagersSINGAPORE – The Philippine girl dribblers’ stifling defense propelled them to an easy 30 point rout over Indonesia, 78-48, Tuesday and moved a win away from clinching the gold at the 9th ASEAN Schools Games.

Playing inspired ball at the Tampines Sports Hub, the girls enforced their will on defense, resulting in 13 turnovers, six of which came in the first quarter that translated to easy baskets.

Sharp-shooting guard Kent Jane Pastrana top-scored with 20 markers, including three triples, but sat out the final period after she banged knees with Indonesian player Sophia Adventa.

Gypsy Mae Canuto also did not play in the last quarter after she suffered a similar injury. Their hardly mattered as the game was already decided at the end of the third period.

The team, mentored by Angelina Fedillarga, got contributions from other key players like Kristine Cayabyab and Karl Ann Pingol. They chipped in with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

With the win, the PH dribblers remained unbeaten after three games with a win over Singapore Wednesday giving them the gold medal.

Spikers fall

Over at the Republic Polytechnic, the Philippines girls volleyball team suffered its first defeat at the hands of Thailand in five sets, 26-15, 24-26, 22-25, 25-22, 14-16.

Ejiya Laure, Alleiah Malaluan, and Allysa Solomon led the squad and carried the fight in the fourth set.The effort allowed them to force a a pivotal fifth set against the Thais.

With pressure mounting on the side of Thailand, the Regine Diego-mentored Philippines girls team took advantage as they raced to a commanding 11-8 in the deciding set.

The girls succumbed to service errors and lapses on defense, allowing the Thais to take seven of the next nine points to secure the victory. They will play Indonesia next.

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