Host Malaysia no match for Gilas Pilipinas
Paul Lintag on Aug 23, 2017 07:50 PM
Gilas Pilipinas eliminated host Malaysia from the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. The Philippines is now in the semifinals, two wins away from another gold medal.
What home-court advantage?
Despite playing in a hostile environment, Gilas Pilipinas had little trouble in taking care of host Malaysia, winning a 98-66 decision Wednesday in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
The Philippines advanced the the semifinals after a 3-0 sweep in Group A. Gilas Pilipinas also eliminated the Malaysians, giving Thailand a free ride to the next round as the no. 2 team in this bracket.
Fighting to stay alive in the biennial meet, Malaysia off set an early 7-0 run by Gilas and responded with an 11-0 blitz to take a 20-15 lead. The five-point deficit was the largest the national team has faced in the tournament so far.
The Philippines would recover in the second period once its outside shot started to fall and would eventually take a 12-point lead at the break, 47-35.
Things got a little emotional in the second half as Kevin Ferrer got entangled with a Malaysian player, causing a near brawl. In a strange turn of events, Carl Bryan Cruz and Baser Amer were ejected from the playing court after playing playing peacekeeper roles.
Nevertheless, that incident seemed to only inspire Gilas as the Philippines turned up the heat and rolled to a 32-point victory.
Christian Standhardinger scored 18 points, 10 in the first period, to lead the Gilas offense while Kobe Paras had his second straight solid outing, going for 16 markers off the bench.
Three other players scored in double figures for the Philippines after Kiefer Ravena and Troy Rosario dropped 12 points apiece. Amer added 10.
Gilas Pilipinas will take a rest on Thursday and will resume action on Friday for the semifinals. The Philippines will meet the no. 2 team of Group B.
PHILIPPINES 98 - Standhardinger 18, Paras 16, Ravena 12, Rosario 12, Amer 10, Ferrer 6, Vosotros 6, Tolomia 5, Jose 4, Pessumal 4, Cruz 3, Parks 2.
MALAYSIA 66 - Kuek 14, Ting 10, Teo 9, Wong 8, Chee 7, Yeo 7, Loh 5, Lim 4, Ma 2, Soo 0, Wong 0.
Quarters: 18-20, 47-35, 73-46, 98-66.
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