Filipinos beat Indons to capture sole ticket to 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon


MANILA – Filipinos are still the kings of Southeast Asian basketball after Gilas Pilipinas beat Indonesia last night to win the 2017 Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Championship trophy.

Gilas defeated Timnas Basket, 97-64, to get the sole ticket to the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon this August as representative of the sub-zone. Gilas had six wins and no losses.

Indonesia was expected to give the Filipino a rough time on the last day of the seven-day tournament but the Filipinos didn’t buckle from the challenge, especially since naturalized player Jamarr Johnson was playing in the court.

It was neck-to-neck in the first five minutes of the game then Gilas pulled away towards the end of the first quarter.

Gilas’s naturalized player Andray Blatche and Jayson Castro worked hand-in-hand to give their team the 2017 SEABA championship trophy, scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds four three-pointers; and 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists, respectively. On Indonesia’s side, Arki Wisnu scored 11 points while Johnson and Abraham Gahita contributed a total of 12 points.

Indonesia’s Timnas said they hope to do better against the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia this August.

Timnas Basket placed second in the tournament while Malaysia are the bronze winners.

Meanwhile, Gilas joins including Qatar, Iran, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, Australia and New Zealand and Lebanon in the FIBA Asia Cup.

Gilas also automatically joins the Asian qualifiers for the FIBA World Cup which will start this November. GAC/Expat Media


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