Less fight this time
MALAYSIA struggled to get going against Indonesia at the Southeast Asian Basketball Championship in Manila yesterday, going down tamely 63-42 for their second defeat of the tournament.
A day after putting up a commendable display in a sevenpoint loss to a strong Thailand side, more had been expected of coach Goh Cheng Huat’s young and inexperienced squad.
But Indonesia, silver medallists at the 2015 Sea Games, did not give Malaysia room to play as they led from start to finish.
As against Thailand, Cheng Huat gave every member of the 12-man squad game time with Ting Chun Hong’s 16 points the best effort by a Malaysian, going four-of-five from the field and sinking all six of his free throws, followed by the nine points of Choo Wei Hong.
Abraham Grahita led Indonesia with 22 points while Diftha Pratama added 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Indonesia led 14-6 at the end of the first quarter and extended their advantage to 28-19 at halftime.
Malaysia had their best phase of the game late in the third quarter when they closed to 42-37 before Indonesia stamped their authority with a 19-5 edge in the final period.
Today, Malaysia face a daunting task against hosts Philippines, who blew away Myanmar and Singapore in their first two games, in a bid to seal a berth to the Fiba Asia Championship.
Thailand, depite resting Chitchai Ananti, their top scorer against Malaysia on Friday, picked up their second win earlier by beating Vietnam 76-49. Devinder Singh