Gilas cadets manhandle Timor Leste
Mark Escarlote on Jun 12, 2015 08:13 PM
The Philippine national men's basketball team is through to the semifinals.
SINGAPORE --- The Philippine national team breezed past Timor Leste in a clinical 126-21 beating to sweep Group A and advance in the semifinals of the 28th Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball tournament Friday at the OCBC Arena Hall 1 here.
Rashleigh-Paolo Rivero had a field day scoring 24 points on an almost perfect 12-of-13 field goals to pace the Pinoy squad’s third straight win in as many outings and will wait for their crossover semifinals opponent – the loser between the ongoing game between Thailand and Singapore as of posting.
The Filipino cagers shackled Timor Leste to only three points in the first quarter while scoring 40 points – the team’s biggest quarter output in the tournament.
“It (the rout) was what we expected, and I was happy that the boys did what they were asked to do,” said American coach Tab Baldwin. “We worked on some offensive stuff. We did not want to do anything to embarrass the game or embarrass our opponents.
“If you notice we just wanted to give an honest effort. You notice that we didn’t try to run a fastbreak during the game,” Baldwin added. “We didn’t feel that we needed to have a layup drill today because it was not in the interest of anybody. We just wanted to play good defense, rebound the ball and play our offensive sets.”
Kevin Ferrer finished with 19 markers, Mark Belo had 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists while Baser Amer scored 14 with five assists for the PHI.
Almond Vosotros and Kiefer Ravena had 12 points each while Norbert Torres posted 11 markers and seven rebounds for the Tab Baldwin-mentored team, which rested center Marcus Douthit and Jiovani Jalalon.
The semifinals is on Sunday.
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