PH U-16, men’s hoop squads sweep SE­ABA Cham­pi­onships

Philip­pine Na­tional Bas­ket­ball Team de­stroys In­done­sia to com­plete tour­na­ment sweep

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Gi­las Pilip­inas made true to its word and punched a ticket to the Asian cham­pi­onships, beat­ing In­done­sia, 97-64, to sweep the 2017 Se­aba Cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day at the Smart Araneta Coli­seum.

An­dray Blatche paved the way for the Philip­pines’ suc­cess­ful ti­tle de­fense, go­ing 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-7 from threes to fin­ish with 21 points and 10 re­bounds in just three quar­ters to lead the home team to the vic­tory.

Un­de­feated go­ing to the fi­nal game of the tour­na­ment, the In­done­sians posed the big­gest threat to the coun­try’s throne.

But Blatche and Jayson Cas­tro Wil­liam were quick to bring In­done­sia back to Earth as the duo buck­led down to work early and an­chored the Philip­pines’ of­fen­sive flurry, string­ing 12 straight points to set the tone for the game with an early 22-point cush­ion, 34-12 late in the first quar­ter.

Though the of­fense seemed to have soured in the se­cond frame, Gi­las came out snip­ing anew in the next two pe­ri­ods, with Ter­rence Romeo and Matthew Wright soon find­ing their range to open the flood­gates and cruise to its sixth straight win.

With its eighth Se­aba Cham­pi­onship in the bag, Gi­las will now pre­pare for the Asia-Pa­cific heavy­weights as it ad­vances to the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup on Au­gust in Le­banon.

The Batang Gi­las Pilip­inas also claimed the Un­der-16 Cham­pi­onship with an 83-62 vic­tory over Malaysia, sweep­ing the re­gional youth com­pe­ti­tion for its fourth straight ti­tle.

PBA IM­AGES

Ce­buano RR Po­goy drives past the de­fense of In­done­sia in the last game of the SE­ABA Cham­pi­onships at the Araneta Coli­seum.

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