Gilas Women remain in Division A of Fiba Asia after beating India

Gilas Pilipinas women after concluding their Fiba Asia Cup Division 1 campaign. FIBA BASKETBALL

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas Women avoided relegation after breaking their winless spell at the expense of India, 74-70, in the 2021 Fiba Asia Women’s Cup Asia Division A 2021 early Friday morning (Manila time) at Prince Hamza Hall in Amman, Jordan.

With their only victory in the tournament, the Philippines finished the tournament in seventh place, after going 0-3 in the group stage, and secured their place in Fiba’s Level I ranking for women’s teams.

Janine Pontejos and Khate Castillo were fired up for the Philippines when they combined for the team’s 11 3-pointers in the game.

Castillo had 22 points on 7 of 11 shots from deep, while Pontejos also had 22 points with five rebounds and three steals.

Afril Bernardino almost got away with a five-for-five for Gilas Pilipinas Women with nine points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and four blocks.

India’s defeat meant the nation will play in Division B for the 2023 Asian Cup.

Shireen Vijay Limaye led India with 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Pushpa Senthil Kumar had her own double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, but her individual brilliance was not enough to take the victory.

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