Gilas issues major SEABA statement with 107-point thrashing of Myanmar

Paul Lintag on May 12, 2017 08:45 PM
Gilas issues major SEABA statement with thrashing of Myanmar
The Philippines flexed its basketball muscles Friday night, making sure Myanmar knew who was king in Southeast Asia when it comes to hoops.

Manila, Philippines --- No mercy.

The Philippines flexed its basketball muscles Friday night, making sure Myanmar knew who was king in Southeast Asia when it comes to hoops.

Gilas Pilipinas scored a 147-40 victory against the Burmese, starting the 2017 SEABA Championships at the Araneta Coliseum here in dominant fashion.

Entering the biennial tournament as the defending champions, the Filipinos unloaded a 17-0 to start things off before taking a 25-point lead after the first period and a 54-point advantage at the break.

The beating didn't stop in the second half as the Philippines, at one point, went on a 33-0 run for an 83-12 advantage. Gilas Pilipinas then took a 100-point lead following a layup by RR Pogoy with 2:56 to go, 140-40. Gilas added seven more points for the final tally.

More than the gaudy scoring output, Gilas Pilipinas shined on defense as the national team forced Myanmar to 38 turnovers and scored 54 points off of those errors. The Philippines also recorded 25 steals and 11 blocks against the overmatched Burmese.

"A lot of times in international competition, tayo ang dehado. It's very rare we come to a game na tayo ang llamado. So could we play with the same kind of intensity and effort even if you are the favored team? I think that was the question we posed before the players before the game," head coach Chot Reyes said.

"As far as we're concerned, we just want to make sure that we are coming out and playing the game the right way," he added.

All but three players from Gilas scored in double figures led by Calvin Abueva's 22 points off the bench. The Beast, who is making his grand return to the national team, also added six rebounds, four assists, and five steals.

Allein Maliksi, playing his first official game in a Gilas uniform, finished with 20 points. RR Pogoy added 17 while June Mar Fajardo was good for 14 points. Meanwhile, Jio Jalalon almost went for a triple-double after submitting 13 points, six rebounds, and 10 of the Philippines' 45 assists.

Myanmar, who played its first SEABA game since 1994, got 12 points from Wana Aung.

The Philippines will return to action tomorrow against Singapore while Myanmar will take a break and will see Vietnam on Sunday.


The Scores:

Philippines (147) - Abueva 22, Maliksi 20, Pogoy 17, Fajardo 14, Jalalon 13, Rosario 13, Wright 12, Aguilar 11, Blatche 11, Almazan 6, Romeo 6, Castro 2.

Myanmar (40) - Wana 12, Aung M 8, Zaya 6, Aung P 3, Tin 3, Kaung 2, Thant 2, Sei 2, Sai 2, Thein T 0, Thein H 0, Wai 0.

Quarterscores: 32-7, 66-12, 110-29, 147-40.



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