INDONESIA affirmed its status as top threat to Gilas Pilipinas as it overwhelmed Singapore, 71-50, to get the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship going on Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Despite not fielding naturalized player Jamarr Johnson, the Indonesians encountered little trouble against the Singaporeans as they connected from long distance to pull away early.
Mario Wuysang typified the hot start as the veteran playmaker, scoring all but three of his 20 points in the first half that ended with the Indonesians up, 40-11.
The Indonesians even turned it up a notch at the start of the third quarter as they scored eight unanswered points to establish their biggest lead, before allowing the Singaporeans to come close.
The Singaporeans, led by Larry Liew’s 11 points, could only come closest at 16 points late in the fourth quarter.
Wuysang knocked down six of the Indonesians’ 16 triples overall.