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    Old-hand Baracael shows way yet again for Smart Gilas

    Jul 5, 2012
    Mac Baracael, one of the players on the old Gilas roster, delivers anew for the national cage team. Jerome Ascano

    ANOTHER Smart Gilas original led the Philippine men’s basketball team to victory, Mac Baracael powering the squad to an 80-52 victory over Indonesia on Thursday in the Seaba men’s championship at the 700 Year Stadium in Chang Mai, Thailand.

    Baracael, Alaska’s rookie standout in the PBA and a late addition to the Seaba team, finished with 15 points including eight in the first to equal Indonesia’s total output for the quarter. The Nationals took a commanding 21-8 lead entering the second.

    With its second victory in the tournament, the Philippines took a share of the lead with Thailand, which took a bye on Thursday following a 73-72 nail-biting victory over Malaysia on Wednesday.

    Garvo Lanete had 14 points for the Philippines, which is looking to top the event and claim a spot in the Fiba-Asia Cup set September 14 to 22 in Tokyo.

    Smart Gilas I holdovers Marcus Douthit and Chris Tiu, who led the Philippines to a 96-58 rout over Singapore last Wednesday, had 13 each including a combined 15 points in the first half that saw Gilas build a 41-25 lead.

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    The Philippines committed 13 turnovers, two less than the 15 Indonesia’s, but the coaching staff led by Jong Uichico appeared unhappy with the number of errors.

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    “80-52 a lil sloppy on the turnovers but good win vs indonesia still,” tweeted assistant coach Josh Reyes.

    The Philippines will next face Malaysia, fresh from an 82-75 upset over Singapore also on Thursday.

    Malaysia is tied with Singapore for third place with 1-2 win-loss cards while Indonesia, which is playing in the tournament without its top players Mario Wuysang, Rony Gunawan and Amin Priantono, remained winless in two matches.

    The scores:

    PHILIPPINES 80 — Baracael 15, Lanete 14, Douthit 13, Tiu 13, Marcelo 11, Thoss 8, Co 2, Monfort 2, Ramos 2, Hermida 0, Tenorio 0.

    INDONESIA 52 — Ahmad 13, Sitepu 13, Siregar 8, Wisnu 7, Susanto 4, Liogu 3, Handoyo 2, Michel 2, Gunawan 0.

    Quarterscores: 21-8; 41-25; 59-37; 80-52.

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