KUALA LUMPUR - Tyler Lamb held his head high after Thailand gave Gilas Pilipinas a scare before falling short in their 2017 Southeast Asian Games men's basketball encounter.
Lamb led the Thais' gallant stand, keeping in step with the favored Filipino cagers and momentarily taking the lead in what could be a preview of the championship game. But Gilas hit the biggest shots in the endgame to pull off the 81-74 win behind a massive Filipino crowd at the MABA Stadium.
The slim loss only made Lamb eager to see the Philippines again down the road, possibly for the gold medal if the Thais continue to keep up their progress.
"Now that this game is over, we have to look forward to playing them again," said Lamb, who is looking forward to make the necessary tweaks to change the outcome in a rematch.
"We will go back and look at the film and get adjustments," he added.
The Thai-American cager finished with a team-high 17 points, although he fouled out midway in the fourth period due to the defense of Bobby Ray Parks.
It was, however, not a gloomy feeling for the Thais in their locker room after the match, although Lamb said a loss is still a loss.
"Anytime you lose, it's not a good feeling especially when you were in the game. We battled back and it's pretty much between two or three points the whole game," said Lamb.
Despite the loss, Lamb was proud of the effort of his teammates.
"My teammates played every well and everybody played hard," Lamb said.
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