All-Filipino Gilas still too much for Vietnam
Paul Lintag on May 17, 2017 08:43 PM
Gilas made the title match against Indonesia official after proving to be too much for Vietnam, taking a 107-52 decision Wednesday.
Manila, Philippines --- For the first time in the 2017 SEABA Championships, Gilas Pilipinas went true All-Filipino.
The result? Still pretty much the same as the Philippines recorded another lopsided win.
Gilas made the title match against Indonesia official after proving to be too much for Vietnam, taking a 107-52 decision Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum here.
The Philippines got its fifth victory in a row in the regional showcase and will face the Indonesians, who earlier in the day also won a fifth straight game, for the SEABA title Thursday.
In another amazing show of force, Gilas hardly had any trouble against Vietnam despite sitting out naturalized center Andray Blatche.
"Overall, still a pretty good effort from our guys," head coach Chot Reyes said.
"We went into this game with the intent and purpose of making sure that we keep our discipline and retain good habits, and not fall into bad habits. Unfortunately, it wasn't the case in the first quarter, in the first half. But it was pretty understandable because guys came off a hard game last night [vs. Thailand]," he added.
The Philippines led for all but 25 seconds of the game against the Vietnamese, posting a lead as high as 59 points before settling for a third straight 55-point victory.
Matthew Wright caught fire from deep, connecting on five treys on his way to a game-high 19 points. Raymond Almazan and Calvin Abueva added 16 points apiece for the Philippines.
Thanh Nhan Nguyen led Vietnam offense with 11 points. After dropping to 1-4, the Vietnamese will wrap up their SEABA stint against Singapore Thursday.
PHILIPPINES 107 - Wright 19, Abueva 16, Almazan 16, Rosario 12, Jalalon 10, Malicsi 8, Pogoy 7, Castro William 7, Aguilar 5, Romeo 4, Fajardo 3
VIETNAM 52 - Nguyen T 11, Nguyen V 9, Trieu 9, Le N 8, Tran 7, Le P 4, Nguyen H 2, Dang 2, To 0
Quarterscores: 28-16, 53-29, 89-40, 107-52
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