SINAG Pilipinas moved one victory away from another gold medal in the men’s basketball of the 27th Southeast Asian Games with an 83-52 decision over Indonesia on Saturday at the Zayar Thiri Stadium in Nay Pyi Taw.
Marcus Douthit led the team’s balanced scoring attack with 11 points while adding 11 rebounds, as Sinag Pilipinas won their fifth consecutive victory in the round-robin, seven-team competition.
With the lopsided victory, the nationals vie for their 16th SEA Games gold medal in men’s basketball on Sunday when it faces Malaysia.
Kiefer Ravena added 10 points while Kevin Ferrer and Mac Belo chipped in nine markers for Sinag Pilipinas, which led by only eight points, 40-32, at halftime.
But after a tight contest that also saw an 18-18 tie at the end of the first period, the nationals waxed hot in the third by outscoring the Indonesians, 27-9, including a 14-2 start that broke the game wide open.
Following a relatively disappointing first game against Singapore, the Nationals have been pounding their opponents including a 75-point victory over host Myanmar last Thursday.
Former La Salle Green Archer Ferdinand suited up for the Indonesian national team but was scoreless in the game. The team missed former Asean Basketball League (ABL) Most Valuable Player Mario Wuysang as the Indonesians focused on including young players in the roster.
Malaysia, which lost to Singapore, was vying for its fourth win of the tournament against Thailand as of posting time.
Philippines (83) – Douthit 11, Ravena 10, Ferrer 9, Belo 9, Alas 8, Ganuelas 8, J. Pascual 8, Parks 7, Sumang 6, Cruz 4, Lanete 3, R. Pascual 0.
Indonesia (52) – Prawiro 14, Sitepu 11, Gemilang 6, Pamungkas 6, Putra 5, Dhyaksa 3, Siregar 3, Utomo 0, Ferdinand 0, Ruslan 0, Nugroho 0.
Quarterscores: 18-18; 40-32; 67-41; 83-52.