Despite having a competitive first half, the Philippine women’s national basketball team got massacred yet again in the 2021 FIBA Women’s Asia Cup in Amman, losing to Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), 52-93, Thursday morning.
The loss puts the Gilas Women on the edge of relegation back to FIBA Asia’s Division B as the Pinays are forced to win their final game against also-ran India tomorrow midnight.
Taiwan, bannered by the splendid shooter Lin Wen-Yu, employed their seamless ball movement and impeccable shooting from the outside to stymy the Filipina charge.
Using teamwork over individual skills, the Taiwanese as a team dished out 33 assists, shot 15 triples out 33 field goals, and had only five turnovers to dominate the game.
Gilas Women, despite matching the Taiwan in terms of height, once again shot poorly from outside with only two triples and were careless in their possessions with 26 turnovers.
A huge bulk of this turnovers happened in the second half, when Taiwan took off with guns ablaze after leading in the first half by as low as five points
Lin led her team with 19 points on top of five triples as her team will next face South Korea for a semifinals berth.
In the absence of big girl Jack Danielle Animam, who is currently playing in Serbia, Afril Bernardino was the only bright spot for the Philippines with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
A potential relegation to the FIBA Asia Division B would make it hard for Gilas Women to re-enter the Asia Cup, as they need to top the Division B tournament to get back to Division A.
Tomorrow’s opponent India also had a paltry performance in this year’s tournament, losing by 90 against Olympic silver medalists Japan; 38 against South Korea; and 60 against New Zealand in Group A.