Thailand goes back home with a bronze in SEABA U16
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 18, 2017 11:58 AM
STRONG START. A 31-1 start proved to be more than enough for Thailand to secure the bronze medal in the SEABA U16.
Absent from the podium the last time around, Thailand is back in the top three now in the 2017 SEABA Under-16 Championship.
Digging an inescapable hole for their opponents from the get-go, the Thais scored a wire-to-wire win against Singapore, 75-58, on Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Blasting off the gates with a 31-1 start, the boys from Bangkok never looked back all the way to their second win in four games which claimed for them the bronze medal.
In 2015, Thailand placed fourth.
Natthanon Chayapiwat turned in his best game of the tournament with a monster 18-point, 18-rebound double-double.
Chayapiwat scored 10 points just in the first and Thailand suffocated the Singaporeans whose only point in the quarter came from Philippine-born Reuben Amado’s split from the stripe.
Arnagorn Homthuanlom chipped in 15 points and four Thais wound up in double-digits.
The big-time win was a much welcome good ending to the tournament for Chayapiwat and company. Only the top two teams in the SEABA U16 will be advancing to the FIBA Asia U16.
Dorian Chin had 12 points for Singapore which ends the tournament winless in four games
THAILAND 75 – Chayapiwat 18, Homthuanlom 15, Boateng 11, Preechahan 10, Wadman 8, Rattanawiwatpong 5, Srangthao 3, Kinnaret 2, Preechatiwong 2, Buakaw 1, Kamwised 0, Iabsap 0,
SINGAPORE 58 – Chin 12, Chuabio 11, Teo ZM 10, Teo TZ 10, Adam 5, Amado 4, Li 2, Tan 2, Lim 2, Tor 0, Lacsado 0, Soh 0
QUARTER SCORES: 31-1, 40-18, 57-29, 75-58
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