Indonesia pulls away from Malaysia to keep clean SEABA mark

Paul Lintag on May 13, 2017 06:42 PM
Indonesia pulls away from Malaysia to keep clean SEABA mark
The Indonesians rode the scoring exploits of Abraham Grahita all the way to a 63-42 victory over the still winless Malaysians Saturday, tying Thailand for the early lead in the biennial regional joust.

Manila, Philippines --- Better late than never.

Struggling to put away a game Malaysia side, Indonesia needed a strong fourth-quarter effort before moving up to 2-0 in the 2017 SEABA Championships at the Araneta Coliseum here.

The Indonesians rode the scoring exploits of Abraham Grahita all the way to a 63-42 victory over the still winless Malaysians Saturday, tying Thailand for the early lead in the biennial regional joust.

Despite never leading once against Indonesia, Malaysia kept things interesting in the second half after unloading a 10-0 blast to close out the third quarter, entering the final frame only down 7.

However, Indonesia, ranked 72nd in the world by FIBA and actually trails Malaysia by five spots, clamped down on defense in the last 10 minutes, pulling away for good to win by 21 points.

Granita powered the Indonesian offense by scoring 26 points, taking over the lead role over veteran Mario Wuysang as the team once again played without naturalized forward Jamarr Johnson.

For Malaysia, now down to 0-2, Chun Hong Ting led the way with 16 markers.

 

The Scores:

INDONESIA 63 - Grahita 26, Dhyaksa 9, Pratama 8, Lakudu 6, Sitepu 6, Kurniawan 3, Sitorus 3, Nugroho 2, Wuysang 0.

MALAYSIA 42 - Ting 16, Choo 9, Teo 5, Chan 4, Choong 3, Ong 3, Chin 2, Liaw 0, Ang 0, Mak 0, Heng 0, Liew 0.

Quarters: 14-6, 28-19, 44-37, 63-42.

 

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