Thailand overcomes slow start to take down Malaysia

Paul Lintag on May 12, 2017 06:54 PM
Thailand overcomes slow start to take down Malaysia
Down by as many as 12 in the early goings, the Thais, one of the teams expected to challenge the Philippines for the crown, settled down in the second half to pull off win no. 1 in the regional showcase.

Manila, Philippines --- The favorites are doing well so far in the 2017 SEABA Championships.

Thailand overcame a slow start Friday at the Araneta Coliseum here, scoring a 74-67 victory over Malaysia to open its campaign in the biennial joust.

Down by as many as 12 in the early goings, the Thais, one of the teams expected to challenge the Philippines for the crown, settled down in the second half to pull off win no. 1 in the regional showcase.

Using a 43-6 lead in free throw attempts and a 34-9 advantage in fouls, Thailand took control in a scrappy end game, completing a 24-point turnaround before settling for a seven-point decision.

Chitchai Ananti made the most out of his opportunities from the charity stripe, converting 14 out of 17 free throws to finish with a game-high 24 points on top of eight rebounds and three assists. However, his night ended a little early after taking a knee to his shin from a Malaysian player late in the fourth period.

Nattakan Muangbong and Klahan Patipan also ended up in double figures for Thailand, scoring 12 and 11 points respectively.

After a fiery start, the Malaysians unraveled and joined Singapore as day 1 losers in SEABA.

Choo Wei Hong was the top scorer for Malaysia, putting up 12 points while Liaw Chee Huei came off the bench to add 11 markers.

 

The Scores:

THAILAND 74 - Ananti 24, Muangboon 12, P. Klahan 11, Ghogar 9, Chanthachon 8, Samerjai 6, Sunthonsiri 2, Dasom 2, Jaisanuk 0, C. Klahan 0.

MALAYSIA 67 - Choo 12, Liaw 10, Heng 8, Choong 7, Mak 7, Teo 6, Ong 6, Chan 4, Ting 4, Ang 3, Chin 0, Liew 0.

Quarters: 15-25, 36-41, 55-49, 74-67.

 

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