Philip­pines thump Malaysia

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE Philip­pines strolled to their third straight win at the Southeast Asian Bas­ket­ball (Se­aba) Cham­pi­onship after hand­ing a young Malaysian team a 106-51 beat­ing in Manila yes­ter­day.

Led by for­mer NBA player An­dre Blatche, Philip­pines recorded their big­gest vic­tory over Malaysia since a 62-point win at the 2015 Se­aba Cham­pi­onship.

Blatche, who played for the Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards and Brook­lyn Nets be­fore tak­ing up Philip­pine cit­i­zen­ship in 2014, scored 13 points to lead six Philip­pines play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures. Heng Yee Tong top­scored for M a l ays i a with 12 points on four-of­six shoot­ing from be­yond the three­p­oint line while Ting Chun Hong added 10 points.

After Malaysia's Teo Kok Hou scored the first bas­ket, the home side re­sponded with a 13-0 run to take a firm grip on the game and ended the first quar­ter lead­ing 36-17.

Philip­pines re­stricted Malaysia to nine points in the sec­ond quar­ter as they reached half-time 6126 ahead be­fore ex­tend­ing their lead to 88-35 head­ing into the fi­nal pe­riod.

Malaysia put up more of a fight in the last 10 min­utes to re­strict the mar­gin of de­feat to 55 points.

In­done­sia reg­is­tered their third con­sec­u­tive win after Mario Wuysang sank the win­ning bas­ket with 11 sec­onds re­main­ing be­fore re­gain­ing pos­ses­sion with four sec­onds to go to edge Thai­land 60-59.

Viet­nam claimed their first vic­tory in two games after beat­ing fel­low novices Myan­mar 77-44.

Malaysia will bid to win for the first time to­day against Sin­ga­pore, who have lost both their matches against In­done­sia and Philip­pines.

Sin­ga­pore have won the last three meet­ings with Malaysia, whose last vic­tory over their Cause­way ri­vals came at the 2015 Se­aba Cham­pi­onship in Sin­ga­pore where Malaysia fin­ished run­ners-up. Devin­der Singh

Heng Yee Tong

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