Gilas Pilipinas 94 – Indonesia 55
The Gilas Pilipinas team that was entering the 2017 Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball final against Indonesia carried with them just a little bit of worry from fans considering troublesome stretches they’ve had against the opposition in their lead-up to the gold medal match.
On Saturday, in what was an overwhelming response to that, the Philippine men’s national basketball team put on a surgical display, whipping Indonesia by 39 points to successfully bag another gold medal in the regional competition.
It was the perfect way to shut it down. Gilas truly saved their best performance for the finale, trouncing Indonesia in what many expected to be a competitive affair considering Indonesia’s equally impressive run to the final where they went undefeated in five games.
Instead, Gilas was phenomenal with their defense in the final, and even more incredible with how they attacked the zone defense — a stark contrast from their past few games. The game would end with spectacular dunks from Kobe Paras anew as Indonesia hardly gave the Filipinos a challenge.
Indonesia was in the game for just a while, leading 13-12 late in the first quarter. But once Gilas found a way to break down their opponent’s defense, it all went downhill for Indonesia.
Gilas used a 26-12 second quarter to carry a 45-27 lead into the halftime break. The Philippines was relentless in attacking the zone, using their initial drives to draw the defense. Once they did that, they hit their bigs underneath for high-percentage looks, or their shooters outside for uncontested threes.
Indonesia was unable to solve that all-night long, with a Paras tomahawk jam in the fourth quarter right in the gut of the Indonesian defense after it collapsed on a Kevin Ferrer drive summarizing the entire thing.
Gilas had a 38-22 lead in points in the paint, 50-36 advantage in rebounds, and a 24-9 disparity in assists. The team was outstanding in their defense as well, with all individuals being able to pressure Indonesia. The result was a miserable 29 percent shooting night for Indonesia, including just a 14 percent clip from three-point area where they are known to be decent.
Mike Tolomia led Gilas with 20 points off the bench, 11 coming in the second period where Gilas started pulling away. He shot 5-of-8 from long distance. Paras was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field for 14 points. Raymar Jose and Christian Standhardinger added 12 and 11 markers, respectively.
Diftha Pratama and Sandy Kurniawan each had 10 for Indonesia but Mario Wuysang and Biboy Enguio combined for just seven points on 2-of-14 shooting from the floor.