JOSHUA Caracut scored nine of his 16 points in the first quarter and the Philippines went on to trounce Singapore, 124-63, on Wednesday to rule the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Under-18 Championship in Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia.
The San Beda junior team stalwart scored four as the Filipino cagers raced to an early 8-0 run and never looked back from there to complete a sweep of the four-team competition.
The Filipinos continued their dominance by outscoring the Singaporeans, 43-15, in the second period to take a commanding 73-32 lead at the half.
The team of coach Jamike Jarin already qualified for the FIBA-Asia Under-18 Championship this August in Doha, Qatar after defeating host Malaysia on Tuesday, but the Filipino cagers’ sweep of the Seaba tilt reasserted once again their dominance of the sport in the region.
Paul Desiderio of University of the Philippines led seven Nationals to finish in double figures with 17 points. Dave Yu of National University and Sacred Heart-Cebu added 16, while Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo had 14 and 12 rebounds.
Jollo Go of Hope Christian High School added 12 on 2-of-7 shooting from three-point range, even Aaron Black of Ateneo also had 12 for the Philippine quintet.
Henri Asilum had points and four steals, while Dawn Ochea of Adamson added nine points, nine rebounds, and four steals.
Philippines (124) -- Desiderio 17, Caracut 16, Yu 16, Ravena 14, Go 12, Black 12, Asilum 10, Ochea 9, Santillan 6, Escoto 6, Tongco 4, Dyke 2.
Singapore (63) -- J. Sim 15, Z Wong 8, S. Ang 7, M. Lim 7, X. Han 6, C. Chua 6, Z. Teo 6, J. Lim 4, S. Goh 2, W. Kwek 2, Z. Chia 0, C. Foo 0.
Quarterscores: 30-17; 73-32; 95-50; 124-63.