Yumul, Gilas girls keep Syria at bay for 2-0 start in FIBA U16 Asia tilt

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Yumul, Gilas girls keep Syria at bay for 2-0 start in FIBA U16 Asia tilt
Kristan Yumul

MANILA, Philippines — Kristan Yumul waxed hot from deep to lead the Gilas Pilipinas women U16 team against a pesky Syria team, 92-86, in the FIBA Women's Asian Championship Division B in Amman, Jordan on Saturday.

Yumul made nine 3-pointers en route to a 33-point performance to help Gilas improve to 2-0 in the tournament.

The Philippines needed to deny a comeback effort from the Syria squad, which battled back from as big as 20 points down.

With 2:45 remaining, Syria tied the game at 82-all after a Simel Alahmar free throw.

But Gabby Ramos, who posted a 20-20 statline in the previous game against Indonesia, gave some momentum back to the Philippines with an and-one conversion.

Aya Almohammad made a jumpshot to get Syria within one, 84-85, with 1:45 remaining. But Yumul hit a 3-pointer to give Gilas breathing space anew.

Kailah Jade Oani then converted on a dagger layup after forcing a steal to put Gilas up by six, 90-84, with 50 ticks left.

Ramos and Suzan Backour traded twos to arrive at the final score.

Ramos played supporting role to Yumul with a double-double performance of 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Naomi Panganiban added 13 markers, six rebounds, eight assists and two steals.

Gilas plays Samoa on Sunday for a chance to sweep the group and advance to the next round.

The Scores:

PHILIPPINES 92 -- Yumul 33, Ramos 21, Panganiban 13, Medina 7, Oani 7, Nolasco 6, Patricio 2, Fajardo 2, Lopez 1, Elson 0, Nair 0, Villarin 0.
SYRIA 86 -- Backour 28, Alahmar 20, Almohammad 13, Khreim 6, Kurdi 5, Kanaan 4, Doubal 4, Jamsakian 2, Agha 2, Mardou 2, Aldada 2.

Quarters: 26-19, 47-31, 73-63, 92-86.




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