Indonesia pulls away late against Malaysia to join next foe Thailand atop SEABA standings
Damar Grahita led Indonesia with 26 points. Jerome Ascano

INDONESIA turned it on when it mattered as it cruised past Malaysia, 63-42, to notch its second straight win in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association Championship on Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Indonesians saw the Malaysians put up a worthy challenge in the middle quarters, before pulling away in the final frame where they outscored their victims, 19-5.

Damar Grahita fired 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting along with three boards, and three steals to lead the Indonesians, who joined Thailand with two wins.

Malaysia dropped a second straight assignment after losing to the Thais on opening day.

For a while, though the Malaysians gave the Indonesians all they could handle, scoring 10 unanswered points in a stretch in the third quarter where they nudged to within five points, 37-42, before Indonesia restored order.

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