Batang Gilas finishes off fourth straight sweep in SEABA U16
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 18, 2017 01:44 PM
NATION OF DOMINATION. The Philippines in unbeaten in six years and four tournaments of play in the SEABA U16.
Now through four iterations of the SEABA U nder-16 Championship, the Philippines is yet to lose a game.
Batang Gilas wrapped up another sweep of the regional tournament on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum, fending off fighting Malaysia, 83-62.
As expected, the Malaysians were the toughest test for the home team in the 2017 iteration of the SEABA U16. “In-expect na naman natin yun kasi 3-0 rin sila. Alam naman nating maglalaro sila ng best nila,” head coach Mike Oliver shared.
Team captain Forthsky Padrigao and emerging RC Calimag had the answer for the Filipinos, however.
Malaysia was keeping itself in striking distance for three quarters until Padrigao spearheaded the decisive 24-6 run that turned the Philippines’ seven-point lead into a 77-52 advantage in the middle of the final frame.
The skipper didn’t score much, but set the table for Calimag, with 15 points in total, and Kai Sotto, posting a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double, to do damage. “Ginamit nila yung advantage nila na speed sa atin so ginamit natin yung advantage natin na height,” Oliver said.
Padrigao wound up with five points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and two steals, all while steadying the ship. “Kapag naglalaro po ako sa loob, iniisip ko lang kung paano maka-contribute,” he expressed.
In the end, the Philippines bested Malaysia – just like it did in the previous regional tournament back in 2015.
From the very first iteration of the SEABA U16 in 2011, the Filipinos have dominated – winning all 16 of their games.
Now, they will again move on to the FIBA Asia U16 scheduled for later in the year.
Despite their loss, the Malaysians will also be participating in the FIBA Asia U16 as both gold and silver medals act as a ticket to there.
Yi Kang Teoh showed the way for them with 19 points, three assists, and three rebounds.
PHILIPPINES 83 – Fortea 15, Calimag 15, Sotto 15, Lina 13, Cortez 13, Guadana 6, Padrigao 5, Pascual 1, Go 0, Lazaro 0
MALAYSIA 62 – Teoh YK 19, Tang 8, Wong 8, Yap 8, Tan E 7, Khor 5, S. Chandaran 4, Tan C 3, Lee 0, Chin 0
QUARTER SCORES: 22-15, 43-36, 65-52, 83-62
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