THE Philippines routed Malaysia, 104-42, on Wednesday in the 11th Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship in Singapore, sealing a place in the 2015 Fiba-Asia Championship.
Kiefer Ravena tallied 10 of his 15 points in a first half that saw the Philippines open a 57-29 at halftime and practically seal its third win as many games in this conclave.
The gap continued to grow in the second half as the Gilas defense limited Malaysia to only 13 points in the last two quarters.
The Gilas cadets’ 62-point win cemented the Philippines; return to this year’s Fiba-Asia tilt to be held in September in China. The Gilas men's team finished runner-up to Iran in the 2013 edition in Manila.
The next two best teams will join the Philippines in the China showpiece.
Russel Escoto and Mac Belo had 14 points apiece while combining for 12 rebounds for the Gilas cadets. Bobby Ray Parks had 13 points, 10 coming in the first half.
Scottie Thompson added 13 for the Philippines, which won its two previous games by an average margin of 71.5 points.
The Philippines next face Brunei on Thursday before taking on host Singapore in what will most likely be the battle for the Seaba title.
Philippines (104) — Ravena 15, Belo 14, Escoto 14, Parks 13, Thompson 13, Rosario 10, Ferrer 7, Jalalon 6, Khobuntin 4, Vosotros 4, Douthit 2, Torres 2.
Malaysia (42) — W. Koh 11, W. Tong 6, C. Ma 5, K. Teo 4, C. Liaw 3, Y. Kwaan 3, S. Ng 3, T. Kuek 2, Y. Choong 2, E. Soo 2, W. Choo 1.
Quarterscores: 23-14, 57-29, 79-35, 104-42