Kristan Yumul and Gabby Ramos during a game against Syria in the Fiba U16 Women’s Asian Championship. Fiba PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines—Kristan Geyl Yumul fired nine three-pointers as Gilas Pilipinas Women withstood a gritty Syria side, 92-86, to stay unbeaten in the 2022 Fiba Under-16 Women’s Asian Championship Division B on Saturday at Prince Hamza Hall in Amman, Jordan.
Yumul unleashed 33 points, shooting 9-of-14 beyond the arc, giving the young Nationals their second win in Group A. Gilas stifled Indonesia, 104-68, on Friday.
Gilas blew an 82-71 lead with five minutes left that saw Syria knotting the game at 82 with 2:34 remaining after Simel Alahmar scored nine straight points to spark an 11-0 run.
Gabby Ramos stopped the bleeding and Yumul sank a crucial triple to restore order for an 88-84 Gilas cushion with a minute to go.
Kaila Jade Oani’s lay-up off a steal, followed by a jump shot from Ramos put the game away for good, 90-84, with 39 ticks to go.
Ramos sustained her fine play with 21 points, 14 rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. Natalie Panganiban had 13 points, eight assists, and six boards, while Samantha Paulene Medina chipped in seven markers, nine rebounds, and seven dimes.
Gilas led as many as 20, 47-27, off Panganiban’s free throws in the second quarter before Syria put up a gallant fight in the second half.
The Philippines faces Samoa (1-1) on Sunday.
Suzan Backour paced the Syrians with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists. Alahmar delivered 20 points, eight boards, and five dimes, while Aya Almohammad added 13 markers and eight assists
Syria dropped to 1-1 in Group A and will face Indonesia, which lost to Samoa, 48-57, earlier.