Perlas Pilipinas shocks India, earns promotion to FIBA Asia tier 1

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Perlas Pilipinas shocks India, earns promotion to FIBA Asia tier 1
Afril Bernardino scores 32 points as the Philippines earns its spot among the top teams in Asia

MANILA, Philippines – Perlas Pilipinas has done it.

The Philippine women’s national basketball team upset India, 82-76, at the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship in Wuhan, China on Friday, September 4, earning promotion to tier 1. 

Afril Bernardino scored 32 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists while Allana Lim added 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Philippines to the landmark victory. Merenciana Arayi, who was the hero for Perlas in their overtime win over Kazakhstan on Wednesday, finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds

Perlas led by as many as 19 in the third quarter after India came out cold to start the second half.

(READ: Pinoy Pride as Arayi, Perlas Pilipinas wow at FIBA Asia)

Perlas Pilipinas, ranked 58 by FIBA, earned the shot at promotion by winning Group B with a 4-1 record, defeating North Korea, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan after losing their opening match to Southeast Asian Games champions Malaysia. The Philippines will now get to compete against the best female teams in Asia, including Japan, Chinese-Taipei, China and South Korea.

The Philippines will be entered in Group A at FIBA Asia 2017 to compete for a spot at the FIBA Women’s World Cup in 2018.

With the loss the 38th ranked India will be relegated to Group B. –

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