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MANILA (SEABA Championship 2017) - The Philippines formalized their entry to the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 after they gave a sound beating to Indonesia on the final day of the SEABA Championship 2017.
Gilas Pilipinas outclassed the athletic and motivated Indons, 97-64, to win their fifth SEABA Championship title in the last six editions. Things were close in the first five minutes of the game, but the Filipinos got into a run late in the first to open up a 20-point lead heading into the second period, and they never looked back.
Coach Chot Reyes's wards did their homework in this one, limiting Indonesia's outside shooting while also controlling the boards and continuing to punish the smaller Indons in the paint. Andray Blatche saved his best for last in this competition, scoring 21 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and hitting 4 three-pointers. Jayson Castro, likewise, had his best game of the tournament with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Indonesia were heading into this face-off undefeated, but they knew that they'd have to play a near perfect game to stick with the home team. Needless to say, their shooting was just not up to snuff in this encounter. Usually prolific guys like Abraham Grahita and naturalized player Jamarr Johnson struggled here, combining for just 12 points on 5-of-16 field goal shooting. The Indons sink to second place, but they are confident they can do better in the coming SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. Arki Wisnu paced them with 11 points off the bench.
In the day's first game, Malaysia closed out their campaign on a bright note, beating Myanmar, 96-71. Malaysia came out guns blazing in this one, leading by a dozen after the first period, 18-6, but Myanmar surprisingly kept in step and trailed by just 13 at the half. In the end, however, coach Goh Cheng Huat's wards' talent proved to be too much.— ASEANSports (@ASEANSports1)