Indonesia tops Singapore in battle of winless teams

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 17, 2017 12:25 PM
Indonesia tops Singapore in battle of winless teams
FIRST. Darryl Sebastian and Indonesia can finally enjoy win number one.

On its fourth try, Indonesia has finally broken through in the 2017 SEABA Under-16 Tournament.

Behind a 10-1 surge to start the third, the Indonesians ran away with a 75-67 triumph over still luckless Singapore on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

At the losing end in all of their first three matchups against Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand, the youngsters from Jakarta still salvaged a good ending to their tournament.

Darryl Sebastian made it happen, scoring 17 points to go along with five rebounds.

It was also the 15-year-old who sparked the pivotal push right after the halftime break that turned Indonesia’s two-point lead into a 46-35 advantage.

Momentum would stay with the Indonesians until the final buzzer.

Hans Kotaro and Arrifom Fernanda chipped in 15 and 10 points, respectively, for them.

With their first win, Sebastian and company remain in the running for a top three position. However, they will need the same Singapore side they defeated to find a way to beat Thailand by more than 30 points on Thursday.

Singapore was led by Tzee Loong Bryan Teo who had 16 points. With the worst quotient among the bottom three teams, they are hoping against hope for a resounding rout in their last assignment tomorrow.

The Philippine-born trio of David Chuabio, Reuben Amado, and Jack Lacsado combined for 19 points with their families present at the venue.

BOX SCORES

INDONESIA 75 - Sebastian 17, Hans 15, Fernanda 10, Tarigan 7, Olindo 6, Bonfilio 5, Fawwaz 5, Patiara 4, Robert 2, Hady 2, Alexander 1, Linduaji 1.

SINGAPORE 67 - T. Teo 16, Tor 14, Chuabio 11, Adam 9, Amado 6, Chin 5, Lacsado 2, Z. Teo 2, Li 2, Tan 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-9, 36-34, 59-46, 75-67.

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