Gilas Cadets whip Indonesia in SEA Games basketball opener

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 10, 2015 05:56 PM
Gilas Cadets whip Indonesia in SEA Games basketball opener
The Gilas Cadets are off to a hot start

SINGAPORE – The Philippine men’s basketball squad whipped Indonesia, 81-52, to open its title-retention drive in the 28th Singapore Southeast Asian Games at the OCBC Arena here on Wednesday.

Kiefer Ravena topscored with 16 points while Jeth Troy Rosario and Almond Vosotros added 15 and 14, respectively,  for Filipino basketeers, who have not lost a single game in this event since they returned to action in the sport  in the 2007 Thailand SEA Games.

But except for the lopsided result, American coach Tab Baldwin was far from happy about the performance from his charges.

“Except for the third half, I’m unhappy about how we played because this is not the way we play,” noted Baldwin. “We should gauge ourselves not against our rivals but how Sinag Gilas can play its basketball.”

The PH cagers stormed to a 14-4 lead at the close of the first period but eased on the gas pedal and allowed the Indonesians to cut it down at 24-35 at the break.

Banking on a 13-0 run, they surged to 60-34 entering the half then continued to pour it on until the outcome was well in hand.

Anchored on naturalized center Marcus Douthit, Sinag Pilipinas xpectedly dominated the rebound, 48-31, netting 40 points inside the paint against the opposition’s 20, and also had more second chance points, 19-10.

The team aims for its second consecutive against Malaysia at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

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