Thailand top scorer Chitchai Ananti lays big, fat egg in face of Gilas lockdown
Thailand top gun Chitchai Ananti was held scoreless by Gilas defenders. Jerome Ascano

GILAS Pilipinas' game plan was to stop Thailand's top scorer Chitchai Ananti in their Seaba Championship match-up on Tuesday.

The hosts did just that.

Ananti, who came in averaging 24.0 points through four games, wound up scoreless in the 108-53 loss at the hands of the Philippines at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

"We came to this ballgame with the defensive focus of stopping No. 77, because we knew he was Thailand's top scorer, and that guy can flat out play," said Reyes after his team rolled to its fourth straight win.

"He scores in a lot of ways, so we challenged our defenders to lock him down," the Gilas coach added. "I thought that was important to our defensive game plan, to shut down their best scorer, their best offensive player."

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Ananti admitted Gilas' size and might gave him a a hard time as he hardly held the ball in his 15 minutes inside the court.

"In the past games, we weren’t challenged by bigger opponents. Coming to play against Gilas ... everyone’s really tall, it’s harder to go inside and create my usual rhythm," he said through a translator.

But Chitchai knows exactly what he needs to improve on moving forward.

"Their coach prepared the defensive plan well. I was set out on an island and didn’t get the ball," he said. "Now I know what I need to improve on in the future to get better and be able to get away from the defensive plans."

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