Philippines crush Singapore for 32nd straight SEABA win
Paul Lintag on May 13, 2017 08:49 PM
The victory was the Philippines' 32nd straight in SEABA play as the country's last official loss came in the final of the 1996 tournament to Indonesia.
Manila, Philippines --- The Philippines didn't end up winning by 107 points again but the opponents were still overmatched.
Gilas Pilipinas cruised to a second straight win in the 2017 SEABA Championships, scoring a convincing 113-66 decision against Singapore Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum here.
The victory was the Philippines' 32nd straight in SEABA play as the country's last official loss came in the final of the 1996 tournament to Indonesia. Gilas tied Indonesia and Thailand at the top of the standings with identical 2-0 cards.
Similar to their utter destruction of Malaysia just one day prior, Gilas Pilipinas started on an 11-0 run and basically controlled the entire game.
However, the Philippines slowed down a little bit in the second half, something head coach Chot Reyes didn't particularly appreciate from his crew despite leading by as many as 51 points late in the game.
"We had a very poor second half, hustle-wise, effort-wise. It wasn't a good second half," Reyes said.
While Reyes can afford to cut Gilas some slack especially since he used the game to try out different lineup combinations, the five-time PBA coach of the Year still expects the national team to keep its high level of play.
"Games like this afford us the opportunity. But like I said, even if we have different combinations, we still should be playing at a high level," he said.
"I understand from the players' point of view, it's hard to get themselves ready and up all the time for these games, but we have to remain disciplined and prepare for the tougher games," Reyes added.
One player who seems unfamiliar with the idea of slowing down was Calvin Abueva as the Beast led Gilas in scoring for the second straight game.
The Alaska star once again came off the bench to lead the national team with 16 points. He also added five rebounds and three assists. Andray Blatce and Allein Maliksi added 14 points apiece while Matthew Wright was good for 13.
Singapore, which dropped to 0-2, got 14 points from Larry Liew.
The Philippines go for a third straight win against winless Malaysia Sunday at the Big Dome.
PHILIPPINES 113 - Abueva 16, Blatche 14, Maliksi 14, Wright 13, Fajardo 11, Romeo 9, Pogoy 9, Rosario 9, Almazan 8, Jalalon 6, Aguilar 4, Castro William 0.
SINGAPORE 66 - Liew 14, Wong 12, Kwek 11, Ng HB 11, D. Goh 10, J. Ng 4, Cheok 2, Lim JY 1, Chia 1, J. Lim 0.
Quarters: 31-9, 63-29, 89-51, 113-66.
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