Gilas Pilipinas rules SEABA once more, books FIBA Asia Cup ticket

Joan Terry
May 18, 2017

Mr. Wright was the high point man for Gilas with 19 points followed by Mr. Abueva and Raymond Almazan with 16 each. A 15-2 offensive surge punctuated by an alley-oop play between Jio Jalalon and Troy Rosario lifted Gilas to its' biggest advantage, 97-59, with just 1:31 left to play.

Coach Chot Reyes chose to go all-Filipino on Wednesday night, giving Andray Blatche the night off and even shuffling his starting five although keeping Junemar Fajardo as the slotman.

John Tang Jun Kai showed the way for Malaysia with 19 points, and this earned them a first qualifying seat. The Indonesians pounded the Burmese, 123-50, inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum. "In the second half we reminded the players to limit their three-point attempts because they will find a hard time looking for points if we can shut them down in the three-point line". Johnson was an undrafted prospect in the 2011 NBA Draft and he got naturalized before the 2017 SEABA championships.

Malaysia finished the tournament with a 3-3 win-loss record, and doomed Myanmar to a winless campaign, as the Burmese concluded the tournament with a 0-6 slate.

Indonesia's American import Jamarr Johnson was held to just 4 points on two-of-6 shooting.

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Johnson and Wisnu were finally given the clearance by the FIBA and their addition to the team gives Indonesia a fighting chance against the Philippines in the gold medal match today. The Philippines is big in basketball. "We will try our best". They have size. In the game against Thailand, they probably had some adjustments in the first half. "They won by a big margin due to their adjustments".

The last casualty: Indonesia. Gilas Pilipinas might finally be given a challenge after blowing out all of their first five opponents.

The Philippines, Malaysia and third-place Thailand will join Oceania countries Australia and New Zealand, West Asia representatives Iran and Lebanon, the host country and defending champion South Korea in the Asian meet where the top teams advance to U-17 World Cup in Argentina next year.

Fans in attendance can watch Gilas Pilipinas vs. Indonesia on May 18, Thursday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. The two leading teams will collide on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

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