Gilas downs Malaysia as Kobe Paras thrills Pinoy fans

SPORTS • Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:10 PM  •  94   0
By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno/PNA
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Kobe Paras (No. 6) slams the ball in this game against host Malaysia in SEA Games. (Photo from Sports5)
Kobe Paras (No. 6) slams the ball in this game against host Malaysia in SEA Games. (Photo from Sports5)
MANILA -- Gilas Pilipinas blasted Malaysia out of the SEA Games men's basketball competition with a 98-66 win at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday night.

Gilas won the match in blowout fashion despite a late first quarter run from Malaysia that actually gave the host nation the lead.

Gilas started hot, opening the game on an 11-2 run, but Malaysia turned the tide with an 18-4 run for a 20-15 lead later in the first period.

Gilas quickly recovered in the second quarter and opened a 47-35 lead at halftime.

The killer blow, however, happened in the final 4:43 of the third quarter, when Gilas went on a 16-4 run following the ejection of Carl Cruz and Baser Amer after a heated moment.

The commanding lead even went to as high as 35 points.

Chris Standhardinger had a huge double-double as he tallied 18 points and 18 rebounds for Gilas, which swept its Group A assignments.

Kobe Paras added 16 points, eight rebounds, one steal, and one block off the bench while providing yet another highlight reel with a thunderous slam at end game.

Kuek Tian-Yuan who led Malaysia, which fell to third place at 1-2 to end the classification phase, had 14 points, four rebounds, one steal, and one block.

The result gives Thailand, which is playing Myanmar as of posting, a free ride to the semifinals as the second seed behind top-seeded Gilas.

Both Gilas and Thailand will await their respective opponents in the knockout semifinals on Friday at the said venue.

Box Scores: Philippines 98 -- Standhardinger 18, Paras 16, Ravena 12, Rosario 12, Vosotros 6, Ferrer 6, Tolomia 5, Jose 4, Pessumal 4, Cruz 3, Parks 2

Malaysia 66 -- Kuek 14, Ting 10, Teo 9, Wong 8, Yeo 7, Chee 7, Loh 5, Lim 4, Ma 2, Soo 0, Wong 0

Quarter scores: 18-20, 47-35, 73-46, 98-66 (PNA)
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