Wuysang drills winner as Indonesia tops Thailand in thriller

Paul Lintag on May 14, 2017 04:53 PM
Wuysang drills winner as Indonesia tops Thailand in thriller
Former ABL champion and MVP Mario Wuysang came through in the clutch as Indonesia topped Thailand in the best game of the 2017 SEABA Championships so far.

Manila, Philippines --- Super Mario!

In a battle of two unbeaten teams, 38-year-old Mario Wuysang came through in the clutch as Indonesia survived Thailand in the 2017 SEABA Championships Sunday.

Down by one, Wuysang buried the go-ahead baseline jumper with 11.1 seconds to go as the Indonesians pulled off a dramatic 60-59 win over the Thais at the Araneta Coliseum here.

Wuysang's heroics pushed Indonesia to a clean 3-0 mark in the regional showcase, taking over the lead against Thailand which dropped to 2-1.

The Thais had a chance to answer on their final possession but Nattakarn Muangboon turned the ball over without even getting a chance to shoot the basketball.

In an evenly-matched affair between the two squads expected to give Gilas Pilipinas the most trouble, both Indonesia and Thailand fought through six deadlocks and 10 lead changes, the last one courtesy of Wuysang, a former ABL champion and MVP.

Sandy Kurniawan led the Indonesians in scoring with 17 points while three other players scored nine. Wuysang, who has struggled in the past two games after a sensational opening performance against Singapore, added seven.

Chitchai Ananti, returning from injury suffered during opening day, was the high man for Thailand, putting up a game-high 24 markers.

 

The Scores:

INDONESIA 60 - Kurniawan 17, Dhyaksa 9, Grahita 9, Sitepu 9, Wuysang 7, Lakudu 4, Pratama 3, Sitorus 2, Nugroho 0.

THAILAND 59 - Ananti 24, P. Klahan 10, Chanthachon 6, C. Klahan 5, Samerjai 5, Sunthonsiri 4, Muangboon 3, Dasom 2, Jaisanuk 0, Ghogar 0.

Quarters: 11-18, 26-29, 45-39, 60-59.

 

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