PH 5 rips host, 118-43
Nay Pyi Taw — Sinag Pilipinas showed no mercy against the host country, scoring a 118-43 blowout victory Thursday in the 27th Southeast Asian Games at the Zayar Thiri indoor stadium.
The Filipinos held down Myanmar to just six points in the final quarter while dropping 30 for their third straight victory.
“No gauge really, the last two games,” said coach Jong Uichico. “Cambodia and Myanmar are non-basketball countries. So we cannot base our performance against them.”
Five players scored in double figures led by Ronald Pascual who had 20 points. Rey Mark Belo added 17, Kevin Ferrer 13, and Bobby Ray Parks and Garbo Lanete 10 apiece.
The Filipinos shot 68 percent from the field, greatly aided by 68 points inside the paint. They were 9-of-18 from the three-point arc with Pascual hitting 4 of 6.
Uichico kept starting center Marcus Douthit on the bench longer than 20 minutes.
“Nakakahiya naman kung ipapasok ko pa si Marcus,” said Uichico.
Douthit had five points and four rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
Thailand is next and Uichico looks forward to the match.
“Aside from Singapore, Thailand is the strongest opponent here,” said Uichico.
The Thais matched the Filipinos’ 3-0 record with an 80-67 win over Cambodia.
Both teams clash at 2 p.m. Friday.
“We have to play good defense,” said Uichico. “We have a lot of talented players. The challenge is how to let them play as a team. So far I think we’re doing a good job.
Uichico said Thailand’s advantage over Sinag Pilipinas is its experience and team chemistry.
BRONZE FOR WRESTLERS
Meantime, Filipino grapplers settled for bronze medals in the men’s freestyle wrestling competition at the National Indoor Stadium in Yangon.
Newcomer Alvin Lobrequito fell to Nguyen Hyha of Vietnam before prevailing over Gabriel Juang Junen of Singapore in the bronze medal match in the 55-kg category.