KUALA LUMPUR - The Philippines, led by the men's basketball team, won three gold medals on Saturday following a zero-gold showing the day prior in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
Gilas Pilipinas beat Indonesia, 94-55, on Saturday night before a packed crowd at the MABA Stadium to come home with its 17th men's basketball gold in the biennial meet.
Over at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, world No. 25 Kiyomi Watanabe, as expected, won the gold medal in women's -63kg division, while the men's poomsae team of Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella, and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. ruled the event.
At the end of Saturday night, the Philippines remained in sixth place with a total of 18 golds, 25 silvers, and 47 bronzes with only four days left in the biennial meet.
Other medalists saw the showjumping team led by Toni Leviste capturing the silver in equestrian.
Anna Clarice Patrimonio also finished with a silver medal in the women's singles in tennis, while James Deiparine also took the silver in the 50m breaststroke in the swimming competitions.
The lawn bowls pairs of Pancho Marcelito and Angelo Morales also claimed silver.
Bruce Asuncion and Ainie Knight claimed the bronze in lawn bowls female pairs, as Ruben Gonzales and Denise Dy formally took the bronze in mixed doubles.
Daniel Caluag settled for bronze in men's BMX, Clinton Kingsley won the bronze in the 110m hurdles in athletics, and Mark Griffey captured the bronze in the waterski and waterboard wake individual event.
Reyes also claimed the men's individual poomsae bronze, while twins Shugen and Keisei Nakano ended their respective campaign in the men's -66kg and -73kg with the same third place result in judo.
Other bronze winners were the men's 4x400m relay squad, Jasmine Alkhaldi in the 200m freestyle, and the women's poomsae team.
Malaysia remains on top of the medal tally with 83-58-54, followed by Vietnam (50-34-43), Singapore (46-36-52), Thailand (44-65-64), and Indonesia (31-44-54).
Myanmar is in seventh (6-8-15), followed by Laos (1-3-7), Cambodia (1-0-9), and Brunei (0-3-7). Timor Leste is still without a medal.