2017 SEA Games Day 6: Gilas downs gutsy Singapore; Perlas misses podium

IMG_2169Gilas Pilipinas edged Singapore in a competitive men’s basketball semi-finals while Perlas Pilipinas closed out their women’s basketball schedule with a big win over Vietnam for a 4-2 record.

Here is the Day 6 round-up of the Philippine national basketball teams’ campaigns in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.

Perlas Pilipinas 118 – Vietnam 44

Perlas ended their 2017 campaign on a positive note, drubbing Vietnam behind a superb second quarter.

The Filipinas’ counterparts put up a spirited first quarter and even took a 21-20 lead but Perlas then flipped the switch in the next period.

Perlas was relentless with their attack in the second quarter, shutting Vietnam down in what eventually became a 32-2 quarter for the Philippines.

The team followed it up with a 66-21 second half to seal the win and wound up with a 4-2 record in the tournament.

Cindy Resultay, who started, topscored for the Philippines with 26 points on 8-of-9 shooting. She also shot 8-of-9 from the foul line and had eight steals.

Another starter, Raiza Palmera-Dy, added 23 points on a 50 percent clip. Janine Pontejos came off the bench for 15 points, all coming from three-point area as she accounted for half of Perlas’ total makes from long distance.

Perlas had 25 assists, 22 steals, and 50 points off turnovers while shooting 51 percent from the field as a team in the easy win.

Unfortunately, with Thailand beating Indonesia, Perlas will miss out on a medal finish for the second straight SEA Games. Regardless of the result of the Malaysia-Thailand game, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia will take gome the medals from the women’s event.

Gilas Pilipinas 68 – Singapore 60

Gilas was able to hold off a gutsy stand by Singapore later in the night to barge into the gold medal match of the tournament.

Singapore slowed the pace down and keep themselves within striking distance of Gilas all-game long. Even after Gilas led by as much as 15 points, Singapore battled back in the final quarter.

Gilas created separation in the middle two quarters, forcing turnovers from Singapore to get running opportunities. In the halfcourt, Gilas defended Singapore’s pick and rolls well, either icing or hedging them to delay their opponent’s attacks.

The Philippines had 17 turnover points, compared to only seven for the Singaporeans.

But big man Russel Low led the fight for Singapore in the fourth quarter, scoring around the rim with his great footwork. Low pulled Singapore to just 53-48 with over six minutes left, although Gilas responded well with seven unanswered points capped by a triple from Mike Tolomia.

Singapore was unable to recover after that point, missing their looks from the outside as Gilas marched towards the gold medal match.

Troy Rosario had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Christian Standhardinger added a double-double of 12 points and 11 boards. Tolomia also finished in double-figures with 10 markers.

Low led Singapore with 14 points while point guard Wong Wei Long chipped in 12 points.

Gilas won in spite shooting only 38 percent overall and 3-of-22 from three-point range. The team did garner 12 more free throw attempts than Singapore, thanks in large part to their aggressiveness in attacking the rim. Gilas made eight more free throws than their opponents.

The Philippines will face Indonesia, which went undefeated in their first five games, in the final. Indonesia downed Thailand in an equally exciting semi-final affair, 79-74.

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