Both the men’s and women’s national basketball teams of the Philippines scored huge wins over Myanmar on Tuesday in the on-going 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.
Perlas Pilipinas 123 – Myanmar 23
As expected, Perlas Pilipinas bounced back in style from a loss less than 24 hours earlier, as they annihilated Myanmar.
All players scored for the Filipinas with six notching double-digit points. Six-foot-four center Clare Castro led the squad with 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting, 12 rebounds, and four blocks. Cindy Resultay and Raiza Palmera-Dy each chipped in 16 markers.
It was a good game for Perlas to regain rhythm on offense. The team shot 56 percent overall and made eight triples on a 38-percent clip. They had 31 assists and had a 65-32 disparity in rebounding.
Perlas will be gearing for a tough stretch as they will play contenders Thailand and the hosts Malaysia in back to back games.
Those match-ups could decide who finishes 1-2-3 at the end of the tournament and if Perlas could finish with a medal.
Gilas Pilipinas 129 – Myanmar 34
The cadets capped a successful night for the Philippines by dispatching Myanmar easily as well.
Similar to how the senior team demolished Myanmar in the SEABA Championship back in May, the cadets got off to a good start, leading 15-0 behind a string of fastbreak lay-ups which were a result of their aggressive defense.
The Philippines took a 31-7 lead after the opening quarter and never looked back after that point, padding the lead in each of the next periods.
Coach Jong Uichico shuffled his on-the-floor line-ups oftenly to get everyone going. Kobe Paras, in particularly, put on a show all-game long with his electrifying dunks and defensive plays.
Paras finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, seven steals, and four blocks, coming up just short of a rare 5×5 game. Raymar Jose topscored with 22 points. Both Paras and Jose shot 8-of-12 from the field.
Five others scored 10 or more points while Mike Tolomia dished out a team-high six assists.
Everyone fielded in scored for the Philippines. Only Baser Amer, who was nursing a minor injury, didn’t see action. Gilas led by as much as 97 points. The team shot 60 percent overall, scored 59 turnover points, and had 23 steals.
Gilas will round out their group stage campaign against the host Malaysia on Wednesday, needing to win to enter the semi-finals as the top-seeded group.