SEA Games: Gilas shoots way to nice 69-point win over Myanmar
Paul Lintag on Dec 07, 2019 09:37 PM
It was cruise control in the second half then as the Philipines got the 69-point decision for a clean 3-0 mark heading to the semifinals. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
MANILA — For a while, Myanmar actually looked like it was up to something.
And then Gilas just shot down any doubt whatsoever.
The Philippines flexed its basketball muscles against Myanmar anew, taking a 136-67 win Saturday at the MOA Arena to end prelims action for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
In the opening period, Myanmar didn’t look like the team that lost to Gilas by a combined 202 points in two games two years ago. Gilas only took a 32-24 lead after one and it would have been only five if Marcio Lassiter didn’t hit a late triple.
But that conversion from deep proved to be the sign as Lassiter and Mattew Wright shot the lights out in the second, leading Gilas’ 45-12 run.
By halftime, Marcio and Matthew had a combined 10 triples and Gilas had a 77-36 lead. It was cruise control in the second half then as the Philipines got the 69-point decision for a clean 3-0 mark heading to the semifinals.
Matthew Wright was the high man for Gilas, finishing with 29 points off eight triples.
Vic Manuel added 24 for the Philipine while Troy Rosario was good for 16 points. Kiefer Ravena and Marcio Lassiter contributed 15 each.
Gilas had 43 assists in the win, led by a team-high nine from Chris Ross. The Philippines also only had one turnover.
Aung Myint led Myanmar with 28 points and seven rebounds.
Gilas Pilipinas will take on Indonesia in the semifinals Monday.
PHILIPPINES 136 -- Wright 29, Manuel 24, Rosario 16, Lassiter 15, Ravena 15, Aguilar 12, Slaughter 10, Tenorio 9, Standhardinger 6, Ross 0.
MYANMAR 67 -- Myint 28, Ta 14, Justin 6, Aung 5, Tun Tun 4, Sar 4, La Ja 4, Zaw 2, Zaya 0, Wine 0, Oo 0, Htut 0.
Quarters: 32-24, 77-36, 104-49, 136-67.
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